See How Your Body Fat Raises Your Risk for Diseases

See How Your Body Fat Raises Your Risk for Diseases

As a fitness professional, my primary goal is to help people lower their risk for diseases. In this article, I want to discuss how the amount of fat you have on your body affects your health.

The more fat you have, the greater risk you have for illnesses. Being overweight or obese is a significant hazard. It’s a cause of many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and depression. Fat that’s held in your abdomen poses a greater risk than fat around the hips and thighs.

Here’s a sampling of health risks reported by the Harvard Medical School
(for more information, click here)

Heart Disease
Being overweight boosts the risk of heart disease by 32%. Obesity increases the risk by 81%.

Overweight people face a 22% higher risk of stroke. For those who’re obese, the risk rises to 64%.

About 90% of people with type 2 diabetes (the most common form of the disease) are overweight or obese.

Obese people have a 55% higher risk of developing depression because of its profound affect on mood and self-esteem.

Overweight and obese people account for 14% of all cancer deaths in men and 20% of all cancer deaths in women.

Obese people are about 6 times more likely to have high blood pressure than people in a healthy weight range.


Predict Your Heath Risks by Knowing Your Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a ratio of your height and weight. Because it’s such a simple test to administer, it’s used to evaluate groups of people easily. BMI is used by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the medical community as a whole.

There’s a direct relationship between BMI and health risks. The higher your BMI, the higher your chance of getting a major disease.

As shown in the chart below, your BMI will place you into one of four categories: underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.


Critics of BMI say that if you have a large amount of muscle mass, you may register as overweight. But this only applies to extreme body builders who have enough muscle to raise their weight significantly. For the rest of us, BMI is an excellent tool.

Two out of every three Americans are in either the overweight or obese BMI categories. If you’re in these categories, I encourage you to take action immediately to lose enough weight to reach the normal range.

BMI table

Starting NOW, Lose Weight to Prevent Diseases

If you’re overweight or obese, it’s important that you take steps now to lose weight.

I encourage you to lower your risk for diseases to the lowest level possible by reducing the amount of fat you have stored on your body.

Start with these effective ways of losing weight:

  1. Burn your fat through daily exercise (for tips, click here to see our guide to cardio exercise).
  2. Reduce your caloric intake by eating smaller portions of healthy, lean foods.
  3. Eat a plant-based diet with lean protein, whole grains, and fruit and vegetables. A vegan diet is proven to reduce your risk for major diseases.

You CAN do this. Because your health depends on it!


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