Those excess pounds you’ve been lugging around may be making you sick- in fact some researchers believe our weight is killing us. Doctors fear it doesn’t bode well for us, or our children.
“Some research actually shows that if we continue down this road, that our children and probably their children will not live as long as we are. We are so unhealthy at this point that the next generations are going to live less and not more, and it really is a significant concern,” says Dr. Sal Lacagnina, VP Health and Wellness with Lee Memorial Health System.
A third of Americans today are obese, which is roughly 35 pounds over what is considered a healthy weight. This excess baggage carries with it a bounty of hazardous health conditions.
“Cardiovascular disease and obesity almost go hand in hand. When people are overweight or obese they have a lot of other risk factors that make their risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes and high blood pressure increase also,” says Dr. Lacagnina.
The latest research suggests one in five deaths among whites and African-Americans 40-85 connect to weight. That’s higher than previously thought, as more people hit old age with serious long-term health problems.
The burden of obesity can be lightened by people making simple changes: controlling diet and adding exercise.
“If you can do those two things, I think you’ve created the fountain of youth for yourself and undoubtedly you will live a healthier longer life,” says Dr. Lacagnina.
These mortality rates may kick some into survival mode, serving up motivation to change.