6. Maternal Obesity and Autism
Women normally have a 1 in 88 chance of giving birth to an autistic child, but a recently published study suggest that women who are obese during pregnancy increased the possibility to 1 in 53. While the study shows that women who are obese during pregnancy have a 67% greater chance of giving birth to an autistic child than women who are not obese during pregnancy, the conclusion has not established cause.
7. Obesity and Arthritis
Obesity can cause arthritis, creating mobility issues that interfere with exercise and weight loss. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that obese adults who have arthritis are 44% more likely to be physically inactive than obese people who do not have the disease. The discomfort caused by arthritis has been cited as an interference for engaging in programs of physical activity.
8. Obesity and High Blood Pressure
An astonishing two-thirds of people who meet the criteria for obesity are at risk for hypertension. Obesity effects a number of hormone levels in the body including the system that is responsible for regulating the blood volume of the body. In tandem with the sympathetic nervous system, it controls the levels of sodium and water retention. When obesity interrupts these systems, hypertension can result.
9. Childhood Obesity and Stroke
Obesity among children is increasing risk factors for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Doctors are reporting seeing changes in heart and artery structures in children that normally do not occur until far into adulthood. The result of all this is a higher risk for heart disease and stroke among children. In addition, the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference of 2011 reported a notable increase for stroke was observed in children ages five to fourteen.
10. Obesity and Back Pain
The lower back or lumbar region is the area most vulnerable to the effects of obesity. Obesity contributes to symptoms associated with osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. While it is true that the normal aging process contributes to back pain, an additional fact is that if a person is obese, she should anticipate back pain.
Read, “Weight Loss Relieves Back Pain”
A hope for better health outcomes…
Last month, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates joined other influential groups, including the National Institutes of Health, the Social Security Administration and Medicare, in declaring obesity a disease. Hopefully this will greatly improve patient access to proven treatments. While diet and exercise are always the best starting points for weight loss, unfortunately the success rates are low.
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Published On: July 04, 2013