Body Fat and Eating Disorders
Excess body fat is not only a cosmetic issue, it is also a serious health problem. Too much body fat can cause the following: * Type 2 Diabetes: Doing 30 minutes of exercise five days a week and losing between 5 and 7 percent of your body weight may delay or even prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. * Cancer: Excessive body fat has been linked to cancer. According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003, excess body fat may account for up to 14 percent all cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of all cancer deaths in women. Losing body fat can significantly decrease your chances of getting cancer. * Stroke: Being overweight can lead to higher cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes. These are all stroke risk factors. Losing body fat can help get your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar under control, decreasing your risk for stroke. * Heart Disease: Too much body fat can lead to heart disease. High blood pressure, high levels of bad cholesterol and low levels of good cholesterol are all characteristics of people who are overweight. These are all risk factors for heart disease. Losing weight can improve these conditions decreasing your risk of developing heart disease. * Pregnancy Complications: Women who have a high BMI are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy. Babies who are born to mothers with weight problems are sometimes born prematurely or need special care after delivery. A healthy diet and a sensible work out regimen can help you maintain a healthy weight and decrease your likelihood of complications during pregnancy. Obesity
Obesity is the end result of biology, behavior, and environment. The current obesity epidemic is driven largely by environmental factors such as high energy/high fat foods, fast food consumption, watching television, and eating super-sized portions....