Carrying extra weight is not a simple problem of willpower or self-control but a complex one involving appetite regulation, energy metabolism, and is associated with a variety of other conditions. This is due to genetic, metabolic, biochemical, cultural and psychosocial factors – all contributing to weighing more than you should. Body Mass Index or BMI is the easiest way to gauge the “normalness” of body weight and many online calculators exist. It is used to find out if you are overweight (25.0 – 29.9), obese (30.0-39.9) or morbidly (severely) obese (40.0+). More than 2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children and adolescents are overweight or obese according to the Centers for Disease Control, and the numbers are worsening each year.
Obesity is estimated to increase cardiovascular deaths (heart attack and stroke) rate by 400% and DOUBLE deaths by cancer. People who are severely obese have a 6-12 fold increase in deaths from ALL causes and lose up to 20 years off their lives!
Obesity is indisputably the greatest preventable health-related cause of mortality after smoking. Most of our chronic health challenges, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease are cause in a large part by our daily actions – what we eat, our activity level, and how we handle stress. Old habits die hard, and changing the way you’ve done things for years is no easy task. Whether your goal is to lose weight or address a serious health concern, Lehigh Valley Weight Loss, Women’s Health & Aesthetics provides you with the tools and support you need to start and stick with lifestyle changes.