Are three meals per day essential for the average human body to stay well-fed? And if they are, what are you eating for those meals? Keep in mind how being overweight puts a strain on everything from your heart, blood pressure, and lungs to the very stem cells that lay the blueprint for your body’s physical makeup. Being overweight is also a considerable strain on energy, vitality, and it even shortens lifespan.
Being overweight is exceptionally harmful, and it does not get enough attention as a public health crisis in the medical and health sectors, or in the public. However, if we take a close look at what we eat daily and how much food we consume each day, it becomes easy to see what is contributing to the obesity crisis in America.
How to Know if You are Overweight
Understanding what constitutes healthy weight is just as important as understanding the risks and dangers of being overweight.
Thankfully, it is relatively easy to determine if one is at a healthy weight or not.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- “Weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese. Body Mass Index, or BMI, is used as a screening tool for overweight or obesity. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness.”
The CDC offers an easy-to-use Adult BMI Calculator, which helps people find out if their weight is in a healthy range.
Starting at 10lbs and Working Your Way Up – How Different Levels of Obesity Affect Your Health
It does not take being overweight by a lot to begin experiencing adverse effects of that excess weight.
Let’s start at 10lbs overweight and go from there:
- At 10 lbs of excess weight, one may have difficulty sleeping at night, they might experience a spike in blood sugar levels, and they’ll likely notice an increase in belly fat.
- At 20 lbs overweight, one might begin experiencing lethargy and general loss of energy. They may notice that previous physical activities that were once easy are now quite challenging to do. They may find themselves sitting down more often, staying in bed longer, and being generally less active.
- At 30 lbs overweight, that much extra weight has begun taking a severe toll on internal organs. The heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, digestive system, and muscular and skeletal systems are all harmed by that weight gain.
As one continues to gain weight, the adverse health effects will become more pronounced, more dangerous, and more likely to cause severe disease and even shorten lifespan. It’s important to remember that even just a 10lb weight gain is harmful, but that harm increases exponentially as more weight is packed on.
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