Absolutely no one ever wants to hear that he or she needs to lose weight yet this unpleasant fact is spoken in order to save lives. The National Institutes of Health has determined that obesity and overweight together kills an estimated 300,000 Americans every year. This makes obesity and overweight the second leading cause of preventable death in the county, behind tobacco use.
Not only does obesity directly kill Americans but it is frequently a predominant factor behind many other serious and potentially fatal illnesses. Obesity greatly increases the risk of heart disease, the single greatest cause of death in the U.S., Canada, England and Wales. Heart disease accounts for 25.4% of the total deaths in the U.S. Every 25 seconds, an American experiences a cardiac event. Obesity also leads to hypertension, which in turn dramatically increases the risk of stroke – the third leading cause of death. Obesity has been linked to many cancers, is a predominant cause of diabetes and contributes to problems with gout, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and problems with reproductive health. … Read the rest