Having a belly is annoying. Your pants are too tight; you can barely button them; it looks bad. But the truth of the matter is that your belly fat could be killing you. Belly fat is one of the leading causes of poor health and indicates and causes serious health problems. Having excess fat in this area of your body is an indicator of obesity, puts you at a higher risk for cancer, is related to infertility problems, puts too much stress on your bones and muscles and puts you at risk for diseases such as diabetes, and heart disease. Keep reading to discover how your belly fat can kill you.
Several factors influence weight gain, but obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than they need for the energy they use. Obesity is a massive health problem that is continuously growing – in fact based on current trends the whole of the US will be obese in the near future. Obesity causes an increased risk of developing many other diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and obesity is the second largest preventable cause of death in the US after smoking related diseases. Obesity, defined as a BMI of 30 or over, accounts for nearly 300,000 deaths in the U.S.
Belly fat is “metabolically active” and could possibly increase colon cancer risk by raising levels of certain hormones that affect cell growth, including the growth of cancer cells. Obesity has been associated with a higher risk for cancer in general and specific cancers in particular. Obesity-related cancer risk has been found to be higher in men than in
women. Obese men have a moderately increased risk of 1.5 to 2 times the risk of colon and rectal cancer compared to non-obese men.
Obesity also puts people at risk for hypoxia, a condition in which there is not enough oxygen to meet the body’s needs. As you can imagine, a steady lack of oxygen can produce serious problems including damage to internal organs, aging you faster, and making you constantly tired.
Stress on bones and muscles
Obesity places unnecessary stress on bones and muscles.ýThis stress wears out your joints resulting in pain that never goes away. Studies report that the incidence of osteoarthritis is significantly increased in people who are overweight. People who are obese are also at higher risk for carpal tunnel syndrome and other problems involving nerves in their wrists and hands.
Obesity is specially related to certain problems related to infertility, such as uterine fibroids or menstrual irregularities. In men, obesity can contribute to reduced testosterone levels. While being infertile can’t actually kill you, it has a major affect on your life and can cause excessive stress and even relationship problems.
Belly fat, which is an indicator of obesity, causes an increased risk of developing many other diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Cancer has now become the leading cause of death in America and is the second largest preventable cause of death in the US after smoking related diseases.