This day in age, most of us know that being obese can lead to the early development of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, etc. But what struck me about this particular research was that many of the people in this study developed serious illnesses way earlier than I expected — if they even lived into the middle age years.
The authors in this study tracked 6500 Danish 22 year-old men until they turned 55. Of these 6500 men, 1.5% or 6500 were obese with a BMI greater than 30.
The shocking observation — 50% of these obese men had diabetes, high blood pressure, experienced a heart attack or stroke, had blood clots in the legs or lungs or had died before reaching the age of 55!
Looking at further analyses, these men were 8 times as likely to get diabetes and four times as likes to develop a blood clot, which can travel to the lungs and cause immediate death. Additionally, they were more than twice as likely to have high blood pressure, experience a heart attack or to have died.
With every pound increase in weight from normal, there was a significant increased risk for developing one or more of these serious condition.
In fact, these men had a 1 in 2 chance of developing a serious disease, in contrast to a 2 in 10 chance for those of a normal weight!
If you are overweight or obese, you cannot afford to waste another day in turning your life around. You may not be experiencing the ill effect of being obese because of your youth, but this does not make you immune to the terrible effects of obesity. Yes, it may be difficult to change your habits, exercise, eat properly and reduce portions. But at some point you will have to make a choice. Make a commitment to your health now, while you can still save it.
Really, your life depends on it.
M. Schmidt, S.A. Johannesdottir, S. Lemeshow, T.L. Lash, S.P. Ulrichsen, H.E. Botker, H. Toft Sorensen. Obestiy in young men, and individual and combined risks of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular morbidity and death before 55 years of age: a Danish 33-year folow-up study. BMJ Open, 2013; 3 (4)