Insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, joint pain, reproductive and hormonal problems, lung problems, sleep disorders, emotional disorders and certain cancers are listed as side effects of being what?
If you guessed overweight or obese, you’d be right. Simply lose 5 to 10 percent of your current weight (if you are obese) and all these problems could either would go away or lessen.
Regular exercise will help you lose weight and rebalance your body. Fat is the main problem and it is the key culprit of metabolic syndrome, which if not addressed can cause heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and increased insulin resistance. The best way to conquer metabolic syndrome is exercise and more exercise.
How do you know if you’re overweight or obese?
The most common indicators for overweight or obese are body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), waist-hip ratio (WHR).
Obesity is classified into four categories based on BMI:
- Pre-obese: A BMI of 25 to 29.9 (overweight but not obese yet)
- Class I: A BMI of 30-34.9 (low risk obesity)
- Class II: A BMI of 35 to 39.9 (moderate risk obesity)
- Class III: A BMI of 40 or greater (high risk obesity)
Obesity determined by WC:
- Waistlines over 31.5 inches (women, overweight)
- Waistlines over 37.0 inches (men, overweight)
- Waistline over 35 inches (women, obese)
- Waistline over 40 inches (men, obese)
Obesity determined by WHR (waist in inches divided by hip in inches):
- WHR > 0.8 (women)
- WHR > 1.0 (men)