The epidemic of obesity in children and adults has serious ramifications on health. It’s amazing that something that is preventable has become such a crisis. The simple solution is a change in diet and increased exercise. The answer is that simple. You have to burn more calories than you take in to lose weight. Having once weighed 100# more than I do now, I now that burning more calories than I take in is not easy – nor is it necessarily easy to now burn what I take in. I do have the tool of hypnosis that actually does make it easy. I use self-hypnosis several times a day – each time for about a minute – then it is easy. My choices are to use hypnosis, eat healthily and exercise or run the risk of the following diseases:

  1. Liver Disease: Many obese people develop deposits of fat inside the liver, a condition that can progress in cirrhosis in about 10% of cases, and occasionally liver failure.
  2. Colon Cancer: Obese people are at a greater risk of colon cancer. Abdominal fat appears to increase risk more than fat elsewhere, which may explain why men (who tend to store fat in their abdomens) have a higher risk.
  3. Osteoarthritis: Being overweight places additional strain on the spine, hip and knee joints, causing a loss of cartilage. As the cartilage deteriorates, joint space narrows and bones grind together.
  4. Stroke: The risk of having a stroke is 2 to 4 times higher in people with type 2 diabetes, 90% of who are overweight. Stroke occurs either when a blood vessel ruptures or a blood clot blocks an artery to the brain, causing damage to nerve cells.
  5. Type 2 Diabetes: People with excess body fat-especially in the abdominal area- often become resistant to insulin, a substance that helps the body store glucose. When glucose levels soar, diabetes results. One side effect is damage to blood vessels in the retina, which can lead to blindness.
  6. Heart Disease: Obese people tend to have elevated cholesterol, which can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries. They are twice as likely to have hypertension.