We know that obesity is increasingly linked to serious illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure and more of a risk than alcohol for liver disease. If you are obese and carry a lot of your weight around your waist, you are even more at risk, as so-called ‘belly fat’ is associated with this pattern of health problems that we call the ‘metabolic syndrome’. Here, the fat isn’t so much laid down beneath the skin, but is found in increased amounts inside your body cavities – in and around your vital organs.
So men, with their ‘beer bellies’ or paunches, can be more at risk of health problems than women who often carry their fat around their bottom and thighs.
Also, obesity is associated with an increased risk of some cancers and of osteoarthritis, with a 3x increase in knee arthritis if you are overweight. So convincing your other half that his sport may suffer could be a way of persuading him to tackle the issue!
Furthermore, obesity can be associated with sleep apnoea – a condition where poor sleep overnight results in day-time drowsiness. Does he wake up several times at night fighting for breath? Does he drive you to distraction with his snoring? If you are as exhausted as he is the next day, it will affect your ability to make healthier choices and make your weight-loss attempts more difficult. He may then be tired during the day, falling asleep in front of the TV. Recent studies have found that people with sleep apnoea are twice as likely to be in a car-crash from nodding off at the wheel – not to mention the effect it has on productivity at work and his energy to kick that ball around with his children or his mates.
Original Article : Help Your Husband To Lose Weight
By: Dr Sally Norton