We all know it – that nagging voice in the back of your head that says, “I need to go to the gym,” or “I really should eat some vegetables.” Most of us we go against our better judgement and say we will try again tomorrow.
The following are 10 signs or symptoms that your health may be in serious jeopardy and that maybe you should reconsider those veggies sooner rather than later:
10. Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is any difficulty in breathing and is commonly associated with obesity. The extra weight may be around the abdomen, chest or neck and can lead to increase work required to expand the lungs which results in short or shallow breaths. Furthermore, that extra weight can be a determining factor in chronic or life threatening conditions such as sleep apnea or heart failure.
9. Knee Pain
There’s no doubt that weight gain puts extra pressure on the knees and ankles which can lead to immobility and chronic pain. It can even affect your posture sooner than you think.
Depression is most definitely a multifactorial condition. While it can often lead to obesity, obesity can also lead to depression. Studies from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than half of adults being medicated for depression also suffer from obesity. Speak with your doctor if your mood is affecting your daily life.
Heartburn is caused when excess fat puts pressure on the digestive system and causes the stomach contents to be pushed up towards the esophagus. Overtime this can cause major complications to gastrointestinal health.
Most people don’t realize that snoring during sleep is not normal and actually means you are not breathing nor giving your organs the oxygen it needs. This ties back to the shortness of breath and sleep apnea which and lead to heart failure if untreated.
5. High Blood Pressure
Obesity is the number one risk factor for hypertension and is paralleled by an alarming increase in diabetes, heart disease and chronic kidney disease. Playing with high blood pressure is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode – it’s just a matter of when.
The top three co-morbidities in people with obesity is degenerative disk disease, spondylolisthesis and disc rupture or herniation. If you don’t know what those things feel like, you’re lucky! I hope you never have to find out.
3. Skin Problems
Most skin problems in this case are related to hormonal changes that can also have effects related to organ function. Moreover, retained moisture in body folds encourages the growth of bacteria and/or fungi, leading to skin rashes and a potential breakdown and a variety of life threatening infections.
2. Varicose Veins
Sometimes known as “spider veins” these often permanent ruptures to the vessel walls are very common in obesity and specifically in women. Lack of movement throughout the day can also be a huge contributor and a sign that your body is not circulating the way it should.
1. Irregular Periods
This doesn’t just apply to women – obesity has huge implications on your reproductive health. Extra fat can upset the balance of hormones in your body and can create high risk complications. This becomes even more important if you are planning on having a family. I highly encourage you to take action if not for yourself than at least for your future kids.
Article by Zach Barkauskas, Elite personal trainer at Edgemont World Health. If you are unsure of where to start, Zach can help you get into the best shape of your life and give you the accountability you need to do it right today. Follow Zach on social media: @zachboss.