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The Impact of Excess Weight

We all know that excess weight is bad for us. Obesity and excess weight are responsible for many early deaths. They are precursors to hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, strokes, and may exacerbate many other conditions. Excess weight puts a burden on your internal organs as well as on the skeletal system, mainly the spine and the lower extremity joints. Excess weight in its most benign form is a source of inconvenience, discomfort and low self-esteem. In its malignant form it threatens your well being, quality of life and ultimately your very life.


Almost even worse than the physical effects of excess weight is the emotional effects. Emotional suffering may be one of the most painful parts of obesity. American society emphasizes physical appearance and often equates attractiveness with slimness, especially for women. Such messages make overweight people feel unattractive.

Many people think that obese individuals are gluttonous, lazy, or both, even though this is not true. As a result, obese people often face prejudice or discrimination in the job market, at school, and in social situations. Feelings of rejection, shame, or depression are common. Depression is not just feeling blue for a day, but is the result of actual chemical changes that take place in the brain, causing profound episodes of sadness, crying, and loss of energy.

The effect of obesity on emotional well-being is important to understand. In most societies, people with obesity are viewed as less desirable marriage partners, less likely to be promoted in their jobs, and tend to earn less than their more ideal-weight peers. Obesity can also cost more. For example, many airlines now charge for two seats for an obese person. Therefore, it is not surprising that obesity increases the risk of major depression. In turn, depression can lead to binge eating disorder and night eating disorder. Depression causes a vicious cycle leading to more weight gain.

Physical Complications of Obesity

Obesity can cause a number of physical problems that people may not be aware are attributed to excess weight. These can range from difficulties with daily activities to serious health conditions. These are some of the day-to-day overweight symptoms that can be caused by obesity:

breathlessness, and the feeling of needing to catch ones breath after simple activities, like climbing a flight of stairs.
increased sweating and feeling excessively warm when others are comfortable
difficulty doing physical activity
feeling very tired a lot of the time and a general lack of energy
joint, knee, and back pain,


Most of us are aware of the more serious health problems excess weight can cause but they do bear repeating as reminders that excess weight can lead to serious health conditions. Such as:

type 2 diabetes
high blood pressure
several types of cancer

Most of these horrid results of excess weight can be avoided by changing life-time habits and conditions that cause overeating. Not only do they lower your quality of life, but they can also shorten your lifespan. The Igen Process will educate and guide you to your ideal weight.

The Impact of Excess Weight