Overweight and obesity-more than just a cosmetic problem   

Overweight and obesity-more than just a cosmetic problem

Obesity is an urgent and growing global health problem. A BMI of between 25 and 29.9 indicate that an individual is overweight, whereas an obese adult has a BMI of 30 or higher. Evidence indicates that metabolic syndrome arising from obesity is a major risk factor that precedes cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes has caused as many as 300,000 premature deaths each year in the United State.

A study showed that increased body weight was associated with increased death rates for all cancer combined and for cancer at multiple specific sites. This was observed in a prospectively studied population of more than 900,000 adult (404,576 men and 495,477 women) in the U.S. They were free of cancer at enrollment in 1982. However, 57,145 deaths from cancer were recorded during the 16 year of follow-up.

Result from this study that involved closed to 1 million people indicated that 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of cancer deaths in women might be due to being overweight or obese. Those who were overweight or obese had a higher risk of death from various cancers. The heaviest men were more likely to die from stomach or prostate cancer, while cancer of the breast, uterus, cervix or ovary were the most likely causes of death among the heaviest women.

Low calorie diet or meal replacements are not the best way to lose weight. They induce weight loss through the loss of fluids and body muscles that may lead to health complications. The rate of rebound is also extremely high.

One or the best ways to lose weight is to practice a prescribed diet for breakfast and dinner. In fact, this may be one of the safest ways to lose weight and reshape your bodyline while you can still enjoy your favorite food.

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