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The Risks of Obesity

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According to?a poll by the Associated Press, only about one-quarter of people think it’s possible for someone to be very overweight and still healthy. Heart disease and diabetes are possible?risk factors of this condition?,but there are other ways obesity can damage your health.

Obesity may lead to some types of cancer, as well as arthritis, sleep apnea, and even infertility.

Most Americans? are aware that?heart disease and diabetes are?symptoms of obesity, but other consequences aren’t?as well known. Doctors? have long known that fat increases the risk of developing cancers of the colon, breast, prostate and?uterus. Being overweight can also?makes it harder to spot tumors early.

Obesity also contributes to?high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, infertility and?arthritis.??Although exercise can help remedy?obesity, some of the results?of the disease,?like joint pain, can makes it harder to exercise and shed pounds.

Also, studies show people who are overweight are at increased risk of sleep apnea and asthma. ?Knowing more about how obesity affects health should motivate people to be more active and control their diet.

Most people?want to become healthier, but few have the?motivation or the?know-how.?Many individuals are not even aware that they need to to make a change. ?A survey found that about half of people think their weight is just about right, and only 12 percent of parents think their child is overweight; even though government figures show two-thirds of U.S. adults, and one-third of children and teens, are either overweight or obese.

When?you’re surrounded by overweight people, especially?family members, the condition can?seem normal. That is why it is often necessary to treat the whole family, not just the individual.? A Specialty Care Services?home care nursing professional can assist the family with preparing healthy meals and adhering to a exercise program.

 

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