TweetBelly Fat may be more dangerous than you can imagine, even if you are a person with normal weight. People who have a normal weight but have excess belly fat face a higher risk at dying from heart disease than people who are obese, a study from the Mayo Clinic reveals.
Why is Belly Fat so bad?
The study analyzed that individuals who had a normal body-mass index but also had central obesity (a high waist-to-hip ratio) had the greatest cardiovascular death risk from all causes. Throughout all the years of research and studies I have encountered, I would have never thought that a person of normal weight with belly fat would be at a higher risk of death than an obese person.
"We knew from previous research that central obesity is bad, but what is new in this research is that the distribution of the fat is very important even in people with a normal weight," says senior author Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. "This group has the highest death rate, even higher than those who are considered obese based on body mass index. From a public health perspective, this is a significant finding."
I always thought that the skinny or normal weight guys with the beer bellies were okay since they didn’t have fat all over but this current research has definitely changed my perspective. According to Lopez-Jimenez, central obesity increases insulin resistance and people tend to have less fat in areas where fat may be protective, such as the legs and hips. Individuals that have central obesity also tend to have much less muscle mass.
Lopez noted that some of the risk is tempered or lessened by fat distribution for obese people. People who are obese usually have fat in those places where it may be protected, and they seem to have more muscle mass, he says.
The study contained more than 12,000 people 18 and older from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is a representative sample of the U.S. population. The survey recorded body measurements such as height, weight, waist circumference and hip circumference, as well as socioeconomic status, comorbidities, and physiological and laboratory measurements. Baseline data were matched to the National Death Index to assess deaths at follow-up.
People with cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were excluded by researchers to make sure their results reflected body type. Adjustments for age, sex, race, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and baseline body mass index were analyzed as well.
The results concluded that the risk of cardiovascular death was about three times higher, and the risk of death from all causes was two times higher, in the individuals of normal weight with central obesity, compared with those with a normal body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio.
The only way to reduce the risk for normal weight people is to lose weight and build muscle mass, says Lopez-Jimenez, so that the weight is redistributed. Exercise and a healthy diet is the proper way to treat this problem because you lose weight and build muscle mass at the same time.
Many individuals know their body mass index these days; it’s also vital for them to know that a normal BMI doesn’t mean their risk for heart disease is low, concludes Dr. Lopez-Jimenez. Where the fat is distributed on their body is important, and it can be determined easily by getting a waist-to-hip measurement, even if their body weight is within normal limits, says Lopez-Jimenez. To be on the safe side you should always engage in a proper diet and exercise for at least thirty minutes a day. This will limit all health risks, improve your physique and make you feel great about yourself.
Sources: Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Gregg Fonarow, M.D., spokesman, American Heart Association, and professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Aug. 27, 2012, presentation, European Society of Cardiology Congress, Munich, Germany. Health
TweetI understand how difficult it is to lose weight when you are a women that's obese but there is help and I am not talking about surgery. Many women overweight want to have surgery for an easy fix but can't afford the risks involved or the extremely high costs associated with it. There are options to lose weight and follow a more healthier and fulfilling lifestyle but first you have to talk to your doctor so he can provide you with some exercise and nutrition ideas. He can also give you advice on any modifications or limitations you may need to make based on your current state of health.
Once your doctor gives you the OK to get started you have many options such as joining a gym and hiring a personal trainer to get you started. You can also hire a personal trainer to come to your home or just buy a workout DVD and workout privately and comfortably in your own home. Going for a walk with your dog or a friend is another great option to get started if you don't have much energy and make sure you bring water with you to stay hydrated.
The next thing is to focus on eating healthier and try to eat five to six small meals a day instead of three large meals to keep your metabolism going. This way you can lose weight all day long even after you have finished with you daily exercise. You should stay away from processed foods with little or no nutritional benefit and eat whole grains. It's important to eat your share of fresh fruits and vegetables and if you can afford organics then go for it. Organic foods don't have the harmful added pesticides and growth hormones.
Eating lean protein such as skinless boneless chicken, fish, tofu or lean beef only once or twice per week, are excellent ways of getting lean protein. Drinking water is very important and many people don't which leave them dehydrated. You should at least drink your body weight in ounces of water every day.
Eat less of the sugars and sweets but understand you are not perfect and cannot eliminate all your favorites in just one day. You have to gradually decrease the amount of sweets you crave and try not to get rid of them all at once. Make realistic goals and don't set high standards or else you will become frustrated and give up.
I truly understand that being an obese women and trying to lose weight is difficult but it does not have to be permanent. There are several options to improve your health and following a healthier lifestyle today.
TweetThere is a new study that shows the area you live in can affect your overall health and weight loss. Low income neighbors have been shown to have higher obesity rates compared to wealthier neighborhoods. The problem is associated with the food choices and how active the community is. People who live in a middle class or upper class neighbor are more active and have healthier food choices. Therefore, individuals who move to a higher class community have lower obesity rates over ten years.
People with a low income can’t afford to purchase organic or healthier foods so they are left with the cheap and unhealthy food choices like a $1 cheeseburger at McDonald’s. People with a higher income are able to shop for healthier foods and are more active because the market is closer to their homes where they can walk or ride a bike. All it takes is a couple of active people in the community to inspire others and most of the neighbors will join in and become active also.
One thing that I do suggest is poor income families can grow their own gardens to have fresh fruits and vegetables. This way they can save money and eat healthy. Instead of eating out all the time one should consider cooking if they have time and shop smart. Shopping for store brands instead of the name brand is a smarter choice because the lower brand takes just the same and you will save greatly.
For the most part we need to be more active and make smarter food choices to lose weight and reduce the increasing obesity rates. Weight loss comes from eating a healthy diet and getting daily physical activity. Walking to the store is a start and a way to get you use to working out while feeling great about yourself. Take action today and become a healthier person in the future.
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TweetWith the increasing numbers of obese or morbidly obese people in America today, it's somewhat a relief to know that there are solutions that can speed up the process of weight loss. While proper diet and exercise are effective methods of improving your health, for many people who are suffering from the serious medical complications of being overweight, it simply takes too long, they need help now and they need it fast. Gastric bypass surgery can be the solution for many people. If you are considering this type of surgery, you'll likely want to know more about it, such as learning more about gastric bypass recovery.
The actual time you spend in the hospital after the surgery can vary greatly from one person to the next depending on the type of procedure you had performed. For example, for someone who has the minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure the average post operation hospital stay will be between 3 - 5 days if you don't have any complications.
If, on the other hand, you have the somewhat more involved open gastric bypass procedure you will have a larger incision and will require a slightly longer hospital stay, usually between 5 - 7 days, again, assuming you have no issues. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with more specific details based on your situation and your overall health and the exact type of procedure you are having.
As to recovery after the surgery, there will also be a fairly involved process which will include significant lifestyle changes, in particular the types and amounts of food that you eat. It's important to understand that this procedure will make your stomach about the size of a walnut, and that will greatly reduce the amount of food and drinks you will be able to consume at one time. That change will be permanent so the days of having a huge feast are over, or at least you'll have to spread the meal out over several hours.
Most people will continue to lose weight up to 2 years after the procedure, and weight loss of up to 80% of your excess body weight is not uncommon. It's not likely that you'll lose 100% of your excess weight but losing the majority of it is still a good start for most people.
Losing weight at such a fast pace can have virtually immediate impacts on other obesity related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Another benefit, after your recovery period, should be an overall decrease of many aches and pains and increased mobility. Just being able to move around more comfortably can have a significant effect on your health as well as your overall disposition.
For many individuals, gastric bypass surgery really is a matter of life and death. While it is possible to lose weight the 'old fashioned' way, for people with serious and potentially life threatening health issues time is of the essence and this surgery can help them lose weight much faster than they would normally be able to do. Just make sure that when you're thinking about surgery, you pay close attention to the gastric bypass recovery time and carefully follow all of your doctor’s advice.
TweetAlmost any type of surgical procedure comes with risks, some have higher risks than others. When it comes to gastric bypass problems the risks aren't only associated with the surgery but with the lifestyle after the surgery is done. In order for you to have a successful outcome it's very important that you fully understand, and follow, your doctors post operation advice when it comes to the type and amount of food you can eat.
For most people the potential health benefits well outweigh the risks. Everybody knows that to be overweight is to welcome numerous health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. For people who are hundreds of pounds overweight the sheer act of moving at all can be close to impossible which will make weight loss next to impossible without some kind of medical intervention.
This is a following list of some of the most common surgery complications:
2. Anesthetic complications
4. Leaks where the incisions are located.
5. Bleeding post surgery.
6. Blood clots.
7. Kidney failure.
Because many of these risk factors are exacerbated by carrying too much body fat, your doctor may require you to lose weight prior to the procedure. It's important that you understand that this type of surgery is not an easy way out. You will need to be strict with yourself both before and after the surgery. You will set yourself up for failure if you go into this with the idea that this is some kind of quick fix, or easy solution for weight loss. You will still need to eat healthy and exercise daily, just like everyone needs to do if they want to lose weight.
Another thing that you should consider is that due to the bypassing of part of your stomach and small intestine, your body will have more difficulty absorbing nutrients. For this reason you will need to take a vitamin supplement. Most often your doctor will recommend iron, calcium, protein, and B-12 to name a few. These are the vitamins and minerals that won't be as readily absorbed by your body after your surgery.
Another common side effect of the surgery is depression. Up to 23% of the people who undergo the surgery report feelings of depression after surgery. This is commonly thought to occur because many people blame all the problems in their life on the fact that they are overweight and they subconsciously expect their life to be wonderful after the surgery. When they realize that they have many of the same problems after the surgery as they did before the surgery they can get depressed. That's why it's so important for anyone thinking about the surgery to make sure they have realistic expectations about what the surgery can, and cannot, do for their lives.
For many people who are morbidly obese, a gastric bypass can literally mean the difference between life and death. It isn't something that should be entered into lightly. Much thought and care needs to go into your decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery. It's also important that you carefully consider all the possible gastric bypass issues both during and after the surgery that you may encounter so that you can be prepared for them when, and if, they occur.
TweetWith all the various types of discrimination around today, one that we rarely think of, or even realize exists, is discrimination against obese people. Unfortunately, just because we rarely think about it doesn't mean that it isn't still happening in America.
More and more of the population is obese, yet discrimination is on the rise. You would think since obesity is actually kind of the 'norm' today that no one would be discriminated against, but that's not the case.
Unlike with other types of discrimination such as race, age, gender and sexuality, virtually no one seems to care if obese people suffer from discrimination. There are few safeguards in place, other than just the generic ones that cover everyone.
Discrimination can be overt or a little more subtle. Often people will make 'fat' jokes and no one would complain (try doing that in many work places today but instead of a fat joke make a 'black' joke, a 'gay' joke or something of that nature and just see what would happen. You'd be called in to the H.R. department so fast it would make your head spin).
Other times the discrimination is more hideous and harder to prove such as being passed over for a promotion or making less money than other people at the same firm doing the same job.
Since it's against most companies policies to openly discuss how much you earn, it's hard for the obese person to prove that they are earning less than their partners. The only people who know that are the managers who are allowing the practice to go on in the first place.
The problem is a society wide bias against fat people, interestingly many people who are overweight themselves tend to think of overweight people as lazy and stupid.
This widespread bias transfers over into the workplace and is part of the reason overweight people earn less, the managers may 'honestly' believe that the 'fat guy' on the team isn't really pulling his weight because he's lazy. Not to defend the manager, but he may not ever realize he's doing it and that is the issue.
Since discrimination against obese people isn't even recognized by the equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws except in California and Michigan, your best bet to avoid this type of prejudice is to look for companies that have a very well known diversity policy. Typically any company that welcomes all genders, races, religions, ages and sexual orientations, won't tolerate bias against anyone, even though it may not be spelled out by the law.
It always takes the laws, and the mindset of people, time to catch up with the realities of society. Eventually discrimination against people because of their weight will be part of the EEO as well, but until then try to find a company that is well diverse.
If you are employed by a company right now and you are the victim of discrimination try to document as much as possible and talk to your manager or the H.R. department. Sometimes people do it without even realizing it, if that's the case just mentioning it might help realign the way people think and you won't have to put up with discrimination against people overweight.