In a 2010 National Health Survey report, researchers found that 11 percent of adults in Singapore were obese. Putting it in perspective, in 2004, the obesity rate among people aged 18 and 69 years old was just 7 percent.
There are many health risks and diseases linked to obesity. In a 2016 study, findings showed that obesity during late adolescence can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease-related death in midlife. In a separate study, researchers found that the people who suffered the most intense cases of heart attacks in the past two decades were younger and more obese.
These are just a few of the many reasons why people in Singapore want to lose weight. If you’re one of these people, here are some of the benefits you can enjoy if you start your weight loss journey as soon as possible.
1. Losing weight can lower your cholesterol level.
Bad cholesterol and obesity have been known to function side by side. High levels of bad cholesterol in your body can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Losing just 10 pounds can help you lower your cholesterol level by more than 10 percent. This means that you are lowering your risk of heart attacks and strokes too.
2. Losing weight can lower your blood pressure levels.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure levels can lead to strokes, especially if you already have plaque buildup in your arteries. When the walls of the heart become thick due to hypertension, it can become stiff. This increases your risk of heart failure. It can also lead to damages in your kidneys because the heart then tends to work harder. Losing weight can help you protect both your kidneys and heart.
3. Losing weight can enhance your enjoyment of life.
In one study, researchers from the Duke University Medical Center found that people suffering from obesity were 25 times more likely to be dissatisfied in their lives compared to people with average, healthy weight. Findings from the Duke study showed that a mere 10 percent body weight loss can increase confidence and life satisfaction.
Start Your Weight Loss Journey Today
Whether it’s a diet fad or a gym routine, losing weight does not happen overnight. It takes time, discipline and determination. However, the results are truly life-saving and life-changing. So start your weight loss journey today and get the body you’ve always wanted.