Over time, poor diet and lack of exercise cause unhealthy weight gain. Even worse, a diet that is high in fat and sugar coupled with a sedentary lifestyle can lead to cardiovascular disease. Too much fat and cholesterol can clog arteries or lead to stroke. Not enough cardio exercises can weaken the heart muscles and predispose you to hypertension.
Normally, we think of arthritis as an elderly condition. However, obesity can increase the risk even in younger patients. The type of arthritis overweight and obese individuals need to worry about is osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is caused by “wear and tear” of bones and cartilage in the joints.
The heavier you are for your build, the more strain there is on your joints and entire body. The longer you carry excess weight, the more damage there is to your joints. This is why people who are obese should not dive into exercise without an evaluation by a doctor.
The wrong type and volume of exercise could speed up damage to the joints. Unfortunately, this damage may not be reversible after a certain point. Therefore, it is best to lose weight quickly but safely.
#5: Metabolic syndrome
Last, but not least, is the danger of metabolic syndrome. First, what is metabolic syndrome? This is a combination of conditions that include diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. These three diseases can occur separately but can increase the risk of developing the other two.
Factors and symptoms of metabolic syndrome include:
Because hypertension, diabetes, and obesity have a large lifestyle component, they can be managed and prevented through healthy diet and exercise. If diet and exercise are not enough, medications and even surgery can be prescribed.