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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.