What Weight Loss Can Do For You and Your Family

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What are some reasons to lose weight?

What Weight Loss Can Do For You and Your Family

The current obesity statistics in the United States are quite alarming. Sixty-five percent of Americans are overweight and of these, 31 percent are obese. With these numbers, it's easy to see why more people than ever are attempting to lose weight. And there are many good reasons to lose weight.

One of the most important reasons for weight loss is improved health for you and your family. It is well documented that many diseases are directly related to being overweight or obese such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and sleeping disorders. A modest 10 percent weight loss will not only decrease your risk of disease but will also improve already existing medical conditions. Successful weight loss can also improve your energy levels. Imagine the energy you would have if you weren't carrying around that extra weight. Not only does weight loss improve your self-esteem but it helps you
look better. Appearance is a major motivator for and benefit of weight loss.

Another common reason people set out to lose weight is to escape the social difficulties related to being overweight. We live in a cruel society, one that discriminates against those who are overweight. For some, losing weight may help land a better job or feel more comfortable interacting is social situations.

As you start to take a healthier path and lose weight, you'll set an example for others in your family to eat right and exercise more. A healthy family stays healthy together, so talk to your spouse and kids about ways to cut down on the junk food, and come up with fun family activities that you can do together to help increase your activity level. Weight loss is very important to maintaining a healthy family. If you won't lose weight for yourself, do it for your children. Be a role model to living a healthier life for your kids.



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