Praise the Lord, everyone!
 
3 John 1:2: I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in good health, even as thy soul prospereth. Praying everyone will make the year a year to stay healthy, or begin to take a journey to good health.
 
I would like to discuss a condition that affects so many Americans, obesity. Age doesn’t matter for this condition, it can affect your life short or long term. What is obesity? Too much body fat. Obesity is usually based  on your body mass index (BMI). BMI is also used to compare your weight to your height.
 
If your BMI is 24 and under, you’re fine. If you BMI is 25-29.9 you’re overweight, but not obese. When your BMI is at or above 30, you’re in the obese range. When you’re at this 30 and above range, it can lead to some health issues. There are seven conditions linked to being obese, not everyone who is obese will experience all of them.
  1. Heart disease & stroke: With extra weight, your heart has to work harder to be able to function which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and extra strain.
  2. Type Two Diabetes: Not everyone who is obese will have this, but the risk is greater because of obesity.
  3. Cancer: Breast, colon, endometrium, kidney, and esophagus are linked to obesity.
  4. Gallstones are common in people who are obese.
  5. Osteoarthritis: Joint condition that affects the knees, hips, and back. Carrying extra weight causes extra pressure on these areas and causes cartilage (tissue that cushions joints) to wear away that normally protects the joints. Saints of God, for those of you who are overweight, every pound that you are overweight is the equivalent to four extra pounds of pressure on your knees alone. This can cause great discomfort and stress in this area of the body. Multiply the extra weight you carry by four to see how much, it’s a serious issue!
  6. Gout: Affects the joints because you have too much uric acid in your blood. The extra acid forms crystals that deposit in your joints.
  7. Sleep Apnea: Breathing condition linked to being overweight. Can cause a person to snore heavily and briefly stop breathing during sleep (typically a few seconds). This can cause daytime sleepiness, and make heart disease and stroke more likely to occur.
Saints, this is a series so you can be informed to take the steps necessary to live a healthier lifestyle (soul, spirit, mind, and body).
 
Be Blessed