We all know by now that being obese negatively impacts us. It’s just a fact. Even though no one likes to talk about the negative physical and social consequences of obesity, those of us who have lived as obese people know them well.
High blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and high triglycerides are all more common among people who are obese. Although I was in my 20’s and early 30’s during my struggle with obesity, even I was started to notice an increase in my blood pressure. My doctor often counseled me to lose weight to avoid further high blood pressure and to help prevent diabetes or impending cholesterol problems.
I ignored him.
A study that was published in the journal Neurology and reported on by a variety of news organizations such as The Atlantic found that if a person is obese and also suffers from one of these impairments I just listed, they were also more likely to experience more rapid cognitive decline when compared to other people. In people who were obese but did not have high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar levels, or unhealthy cholesterol levels, there was no decrease in cognitive function.
The catch is this: It is the rare obese person who has absolutely no medical consequences of obesity, particularly if they have been obese for any length of time. Which means that here is another great reason to work hard on getting to and staying at a healthy weight. You may benefit your brain.
I know that looking good in clothes and feeling better about yourself is a powerful motivator for many people; however improving your health can be just as powerful. At least it was for me.
I will never forget the day that I decided to change my path. Part of my incentive for losing weight was to look better, but a larger incentive was visualizing the faces of my three small children. I honestly realized in that moment that if I continued eating like I had been for the past 10 years, I might not live long enough to see them all grow up.
Study after study has shown that obesity is dangerous. We all know that and here is yet another study that focuses on brain health, which is something we don’t often associate with obesity. The problem with these studies is simple. It’s one thing to understand in our brains that obesity can be dangerous, and yet another thing entirely to take concrete steps to reverse our course.
I’d encourage you to add this study to your list of reasons to get healthy and stay there. Don’t let it discourage you-but instead let it encourage you to take those concrete steps necessary to change your health (and life) for the better.
My question to you today is simple:
Does your health motivate you to get to or stay at a healthy weight? Diane