What is being over weight or obese doing to our bodies?!

body scanbody scan

     I came across this article a couple of days ago, and it really surprised me.  We can see what our bodies look like on the outside, but do we ever really think about what they look like on the inside  I never did.  The first thing my husband noticed were the ankles of the heavy set person on the left.  The extreme weight is causing our joints to shift.  How many of us have sore feet and joints?  Most likely from the strain of the weight we are carrying around.  My husband and I both have suffered with Plantar Fascia.  It is a painful band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes.  It supports the arch of your foot.  If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen and irritated (inflamed).  Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.  Athletes have issues with Plantar, but hmmm, my husband and I are not athletes at all.  It is caused by too much weight.  Since being on this new lifestyle I haven't had a flair up.  Losing 15 pounds has helped.

     Notice the neck.  The muscles around the neck are surrounded by fat.  This can cause headaches, apnea, and snoring.  Apnea happens when the neck muscles close off your airway, and block breathing.  This can cause memory loss, shortness of breath, high blood pressure and even strokes, and death.

     Another thing that we noticed was an enlarged heart.  This is probably the most important thing to study as you can't live unless your heart is working properly.  Fat around the organs is more dangerous.  It is known as fisceral fat.  It can be toxic and poisonous.  Fisceral fat can pump out chemicals that have been known to cause heart disease ,type ll diabetes and some forms of cancer.

     The abdomen is the worst place to accumulate fat.  We think as we age that it is just normal for that spread, but it's not.  I thought it was!  That fisercal fat secretes hormones called leptin which are associated with type ll diabetes, and changes to metabolism.  Extra weight on the pelvic floor can also cause incontinence and hemorrhoids.  None of us want that!

     I thought this article was interesting, and thought provoking.  We have to know what is going on on the inside so that we can work our hardest on the outside to change things.

     My husband and I have noticed great changes to our bodies since starting this lifestyle.  He has lost 2 inches around his waist, and lost 12 pounds.  I can wear pants and outfits that I haven't been able to wear in some time, and I have lost 15 pounds.  I have more energy, and I'm not as sluggish, and my headaches are gone.  My blood pressure has gone from 150/84 to 117/74.  This is thrilling to us.  It has been a struggle from time to time, but the benefits are worth every struggle.    

     If you would like to read the full article here is the link.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1269074/Crushed-lungs-strained-joints-swollen-heart--extraordinary-scans-reveal-fat-does-you.html

No comments: