How Does My Excess Weight Affect My Overall Health?

How Does My Excess Weight Affect My Overall Health?

Although about half of the adults in the United States try to lose weight every year, 74% are still battling access weight. Unfortunately, carrying excess pounds negatively impacts your overall health, including your physical well-being, mental and emotional health, and even your lifespan.

At MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida, our care team understands the struggle to lose weight — and keep it off — is real. That’s why our board-certified surgeon Abel Bello, MD, offers different types of help for people dedicated to reaching a healthy weight.

Here’s some information on how excess weight affects your overall health, the benefits you’ll experience as you lose weight, and the solutions we have to help you reach your goals. 

How does carrying excess weight affect my health?

More people in America are overweight than have a healthy body weight, which is defined as falling into the normal range (18.5-24.9) on the body mass index (BMI) scale. 

Once your BMI falls between 25-29.9, you’re considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher means you’re obese, and if your BMI is 40 or above, you’re considered morbidly obese. 

It’s important to understand that a higher-than-normal body mass index negatively impacts your overall health, and the higher your BMI, the higher your risk of death and serious health-related complications.   

Excess weight is detrimental because it impacts your entire body. That means in addition to physical issues, people with higher-than-normal BMIs experience negative mental and emotional effects, too. 

Here’s a look at a partial list of serious medical and health complications associated with carrying excess weight: 

In addition, excess weight is also linked to a condition called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome describes a group of health conditions that occur together, and when you have them, your risk of other associated diseases increases. 

Can losing weight improve my health?

Absolutely! If you’re overweight, losing any amount of weight is good for your health. And you can stop or even reverse many of the complications associated with a high BMI. Losing as little as 5-10% of your weight brings important health benefits, including: 

Our team at MIB Surgery offers customized information about the specific benefits you can expect to enjoy when you lose weight. For example, some people can reduce or stop taking certain medications as their weight drops.  

What if I need help losing weight?

If you need help losing weight, our team at MIB Surgery is here to help. Dr. Bello provides different weight-loss solutions, including:

Ready to say goodbye to excess weight and hello to better health? Contact MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida, to schedule a consultation. Call our office at 954-546-7958 or request an appointment online now. 

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