According to a recent study, obesity is worse than smoking because it cuts the life span by 14 years on average. The study has highlighted the dangers of being extremely obese, and there is no time like the present to do something about it.
Since the 80s, the number of obese people in the United States has quadrupled, and six percent of adults now have a BMI of 40 or more. This is classed as extremely obese. It puts the heart at risk of disease, as well as the overall health at risk of diabetes and cancer. These three health issues are thought to cut lives considerably.
Those with a BMI of between 40 and 55 are likely to know 6.5 years from their life on average. Those with a BMI of above 55 are expected to lose 14 years of life, according to researchers. This latter reduction in life span is worse than smoking. Those who smoke daily cut about nine years from their life on average.
Finding out that being obese is damaging to the health is likely no surprise. There are many reports at the moment about just how dangerous being overweight is, and the importance of living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. However, the shocking part is finding out that extreme obesity cuts the life span by as much as 14 years, and finding out that it is worse than smoking.
While being extremely obese carries the most danger, there are risks for anyone who is overweight or mildly obese. Health professionals recommend keeping the BMI to between 20 and 24.9. Those between 25 and 29.9 on the scale are considered overweight, and those above 30 are considered obese.
The good news is that people can fight back against their obese lifestyle. The first thing is following a healthy and balanced diet. Crash diets are not considered useful, but following a healthy diet that contains something for all the different food groups is a good idea. This involves getting enough protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Another recent study indicated that low protein diets have been the reason for rising obesity. This would suggest that eating more protein and fewer carbohydrates will lead to a healthier diet that will help to lose weight. The issue with a low protein diet is that people reach for more fats and carbohydrates, which leads to eating more calories than the body needs. It is something that Weight Watchers found around three years ago, leading to a change to its plan.
Adding exercise to the daily routine is also worthwhile to help burn more calories and see a reduction in weight. It is never too late to start losing weight, and it really can help to add more years onto the life.
There are some limitations to the most recent study. It is not clear if there are other medical conditions that those involved in the study had. However, the results were consistent with the fact that those who were obese were more likely to suffer from respiratory problems, cancers and other ailments that could lead to death. It was determined that obesity is worse than smoking as it cuts the life span by as much as 14 years.
By Alexandria Ingham