Weight is a sensitive issue because both sides of the scale — being overweight or underweight — can be wildly controversial. Setting body image issues aside, it simply pays to live healthy, to exercise, and eat right. Here are a few health issues associated with weighing more than you should. Hopefully, these give you more reason to make some changes:
Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)
Technically, PTS is a complication of deep vein thrombosis or DVT. You can think of it as the formation of blood clots in your legs. It causes pain, swelling, skin discoloration and, in some cases, skin ulcers. The weight a person carries can add more pressure to the veins. It is for the same reason pregnant women have a 1 in 1,000 chance of experiencing PTS. In recent years, overweight patients are increasingly in need of post-thrombotic syndrome treatment. Estimates say that 2 in 1,000 obese individuals are at risk of DVT or PTS. Prevent this by exercising and moving around more to improve blood flow.
This disease affects some 27 million Americans and is more likely in seniors over 65. However, being overweight can also lead to osteoarthritis. This is because of the pressure the extra pounds place on the knees. Fat can also cause low-grade inflammation in the body. This, in turn, speeds up the wearing out of cartilage and joints. OA is two times more common among the overweight than in leaner individuals.
Fatty Liver Disease
Liver failure and cirrhosis are extremely serious conditions. They can start from fatty liver disease, which is also known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Built fat can actually damage the liver.
Once again, the extreme opposite of being overweight isn’t healthy either. What you should be aiming is a healthy middle ground where your body functions as it should, and you feel great.