With every New Year come New Year’s resolutions. Millions of people around the world will make a promise to themselves to better their lives. For most of us, that includes becoming more proactive about our health.
While scrolling through your social media and news feeds you are bound to see countless articles explaining “how-to” lose weight and/or stay healthy. This is why we’ve chosen to highlight WHY it is important to achieve this goal, rather than HOW to. Listed below are 4 benefits of maintaining a healthy weight.
1. Decreased Risk of Disease
People who maintain a healthy weight reduces their risk of developing chronic disease. Obesity has been linked to diabetes and cancer among other diseases. By staying healthy you will lower your risk of chronic illness, bettering your life and the lives of those around you.
2. Better Heart Health
According to the American Heart Association, Nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese. Being obese puts you at a higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and more. Maintaining a healthy weight will keep your arteries clear of plaque buildup, lowering your risk of heart disease.
3. Better Sleep
Excess body fat can interfere with both your airways and with the body’s chemical signaling to breathe. Maintaining a healthy weight improves lung function and quality of sleep. Loss of sleep can lead to greater stress and agitation. With better breathing comes better sleep, leaving you happily well rested to take on the day ahead of you.
4. Longer Life
Everyone loves birthdays, so wouldn’t you want to celebrate as many as you can? Every 33lbs of excess weight increases the chance of death by about 30%. By this estimate, a healthy weight person will live up to 10 years longer than an obese person.