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Weight and Health

Excess weight increases risks for other health issues, including some forms of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

Weight and Health

Excess weight increases risks for other health issues, including some forms of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

Losing excess weight is not just cosmetic

Did you know obesity can increase the risk of developing over 50 other conditions? And the chances of developing more advanced weight-related conditions increase as weight increases.

Weight is linked to overall health

Weight can seriously impact overall health. Some weight-related health risks include:

  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Depression
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea (difficulty breathing while sleeping)
  • Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Infertility

The impact of 5%-10%

Weight loss of 5%-10% can improve some weight-related conditions, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Healthier eating habits and daily physical activity promote better blood sugar levels, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and improve blood lipid control.

Talk with a qualified health care provider about your weight today.

After weight loss, the body keeps trying to regain the weight for at least 12 months. Healthy eating and physical activity are important but may not be enough. Medical intervention such as medications, behavioral counseling, and even surgery can help.

After weight loss, the body keeps trying to regain the weight for at least 12 months. Healthy eating and physical activity are important but may not be enough. Medical intervention such as medications, behavioral counseling, and even surgery can help.

Managing stress mindfully

If you’ve ever had to work at managing your weight, you know sometimes it’s all you can think about. Practicing mindfulness can help you focus on the present moment, rather than everything else. Research supports mindfulness techniques for improving the mental and emotional stress that can hinder efforts to lose weight.

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Weight-management can be, well, trying. Sometimes it’s all you can think about. Practicing mindfulness can help you focus on the present, rather than everything else. It’s like hitting “pause” so you can become aware of what's going on and how you feel in the current moment, without reasoning or judgment.

Did you know that just ten minutes of mindful, focused breathing a day can reduce stress and promote relaxation? So even busiest schedules have room for mindfulness.

Let’s try a very simple mindful breathing exercise together.

First, find a comfortable position. Stand, sit, or even lie down. You can keep your eyes open, but you may find it easier to stay focused if you close them.

Let yourself relax and connect with your body—the sensations you are experiencing, your connection with the floor or the chair. What does it feel like?

Now, turn your focus to your breath, to each inhale and exhale. Notice where you feel each breath in your body, one breath at a time. Relax any areas of tightness or tension. There is nothing for you to feel concerned about.

If your mind wanders, gently return to your breath and continue to focus on the natural flow. Just breathe—in, out—for at least 5 to 7 minutes.

Mindfulness won’t completely remove stress or anxiety from your life. But it has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and may support long-term weight-management efforts. It can also help you act with more focused intent, which might make it easier to choose actions that support your goals.

You can add mindfulness to your day in many different ways. There are lots of books, apps, recordings, and live events that teach different techniques. To explore online, search for keywords like "mindfulness exercises" and "mindfulness meditation.”

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