So you want to lose weight because you hate that you look fat and can walk up a flight of stairs without breaking into a major sweat and losing your breath for 5 minutes. You think that weight loss is the ticket to re-energizing your long-lost love life. But let me tell you about a few other things that might persuade you to lose that 24 pack for a reason other than vanity.
Let’s start by listing all the other diseases that can be associated with obesity. Heart disease is probably the major one and shares associations with many of the others on the list. These include hypertension, diabetes, atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, and sleep apnea. Other things not necessarily related to the heart are colon cancer, fatty liver, gynecomastia, irregular menstruation, breast cancer, uterine cancer, depression, joint pain and destruction, and heartburn. Each of these diseases carries with them a host of other complications, many of them that are life-threatening or seriously debilitating conditions This is all not to mention the social stigmatism that hinders life in all areas including personal life and career.
The great thing about weight is that it is not a permanent disability that has to be accepted. On the contrary, it is very within the realm of possibility to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Weight is not the only thing that goes either. With weight loss goes the increased risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, increased risk of cancer, depression, sleep apnea, and on and on. You also gain stamina, productivity, self-esteem, confidence, respect, and on and on.
So the question is why wouldn’t you go out this minute and get your hands on the latest and greatest weight loss information that money has to buy. Or I have an even better way–that is to go to your family physician (who has the best information that money can buy at his/her beck and call) and have him come up with a comprehensive to help you safely and effectively lose the weight in a very controlled environment with the best support money can buy. And the best part is that it is not your money that is doing the buying, it’s your insurance company’s bankroll. They are glad to do it too and this should tell you that this is important. You see insurance companies know that it is in their best interest for you to lose weight and to keep it off–because it keeps you healthier and out of the doctor’s office and the hospital.