The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines obesity as a medical condition that “results when body fat accumulates over time as a result of a chronic energy imbalance (calories consumed exceed calories expended).” Obesity itself is the second leading cause of preventable death worldwide and an independent contributor to the onset of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic inflammatory disorders, and some forms of cancer.
This is pretty disturbing given the fact that more than one-third of Americans are obese.
Since being obese increases the risk for chronic disease and premature death, one of the best ways to reduce your risk and improve your overall is to manage your weight, with sensible eating and regular exercise (cardio exercise and resistance training). Even if your body weight is “normal” it’s important to incorporate these healthy lifestyle behaviors, as the risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases increases with age.
But, don’t take my words alone, as seeing is definitely believing. Check out this interesting and enlightening infographic by bistroMD and SEE exactly what I mean.
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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.