Obesity is an epidemic that accounts for 10% of all health care costs and affects approximately one third of Americans. This condition is also highly correlated with many other illnesses. Learn about the deleterious health effects of being overweight and how to lose weight safely in this article.
An Overview of Obesity
“Overweight” and “obese” are terms that mean there are abnormally high levels of mass for a body of a particular height. These diseases are usually diagnosed by calculating a person’s BMI, or body mass index. Overweight is defined as a BMI over 25, and obesity as a BMI over 30. BMI is a ratio of height to weight, and although it is not always an accurate indicator of unhealthy fat content, it is applicable in most cases.
Heath Consequences of Obesity
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being overweight or obese increases your risk of heart disease, liver disease, gall bladder disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and other serious problems. If you are overweight and suffering from one or more of these comorbid disorders, losing weight can be an important step in fighting your other conditions. According to a study by the RAND Corporation, obesity is linked to more chronic health conditions than smoking, drinking, or poverty. If you are overweight, your chances of living a healthy, happy life are drastically diminished.
Solutions to Obesity
Fortunately, obesity is easily fixed. If this surprises you, that’s because most people try to lose weight by dieting or using “will power” to get thin. And, it always fails. Why? First, diets just don’t work. If they did, you’d know about it. Second, you can’t “will” yourself into a healthy lifestyle. If you could, you’d be thinner now… right? The only way to lose the weight is to change your behavior patterns and the best way to do this is with hypnosis.
If you’re having trouble staying committed to your weight loss regimen, hypnosis can help. If you live in the Philadelphia area, call Plymouth Hypnosis Center at (484) 534-4534 for more information about how Bryan Toder, a qualified hypnotherapist, can help you stick to your weight loss goals. Healthy living is only a “deep sleep” away!
Here's a quote from one of Bryan's real weight-loss clients:
"I really feel confident that I will not only reach my goal, but remain there... When I have tried to lose weight in the past it was much more difficult and it felt like a temporary excercise. Now I feel that I am going to be a comfortable, thin person for the rest of my life!"
As always, individual results may vary.