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Why Lose Weight?

Why Lose Weight?

The Benefits

Evan a modest weight loss of 5 to 15% of total body weight in a person who is overweight or obese, reduces risk factors for some diseases, particularly heart disease.

Weight loss can result in lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, better moods and energy, improved mobility and decrease pain, more confidence and self esteem, better sex life and social life and improved aesthetics.

A person with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above the healthy weight range may benefit from weight loss, especially if he or she has other health risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, and a personal and/or family history of heart disease.

You'll look better, feel better and have more energy to do things that are important to you.

The Consequences of Being Overweight

Premature Death

An estimated 300,000 deaths per year may be attributed to obesity. JAMA 2004 reported Obesity second to smoking as the top preventable cause of death in the United States. The risk of death rises with increasing weight. Even moderate weight excess (10 to 10 pounds for a person of average height) increases the risk of death, particularly among adults ages 30-64 years. Individuals who are obese (BMI >30) have a 50 to 100% increase risk of premature death from all causes, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.

Heart Disease

The incidence of heart disease (heart attack, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death, angina, chest pain, and abnormal heart rhythm) is increased in persons who are overweight or obese (B<I >25). High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are obese than in those who are a a healthy weight. Obesity is associated with elevated triglycerides (blood fat) and decreased HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol").


A weight gain of 11 to 18 pounds increases a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes to twice that of individuals who have not gained weight. Over 80% of people with diabetes are overweight or obese.


Overweight and obesity are associated with an increase risk for some types of cancer including endometrial (cancer of the lining of the uterus), colon, gallbladder, prostate, kidney, and postmenopausal breast cancer. Women gaining more than 20 pounds from age 18 to mid life double their risk of post menopausal breast cancer, compared to women who weight remains stable.

Breathing problems

Sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping) is more common in obese persons. Obesity is associated with a high prevalence of asthma.


For every 2-pound increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis is increased by 9 to 13%. Symptoms of arthritis can improve with weight loss.

Reproductive Complications

Obesity during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of death in both the baby and the mother and increases the risk of maternal high blood pressure by 10 times. In addition, to many other complications, women who are obese during pregnancy are more likely to have gestational diabetes and problems with labor and delivery. Infants born to women who are obese during pregnancy are more likely to have high birthweight and, therefore, may face a higher rate of Cesarean section delivery and low blood sugar (which can be associated with brain damage and seizures). Obesity during pregnancy is associated with an increase risk of birth defects, particularly neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Obesity in premenopausal women is associated with irregular menstrual cycles and infertility.

Additional Health Consequences

Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risks of gallbladder disease, incontinence, increased surgical risk, and depression, Obesity can affect the quality of life through limited mobility and decreased physical endurance as well as social, academic and job discrimination.

NP Family Practice can help you in achieving your health goals. Contact the office @ (301) 997-4453 or click below to schedule.

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