Obesity not only puts stress by adding additional weight to our joints but is also causing damage to our insides by promoting inflammation to our internal organs. It is not only about the stress to the back, knees, ankles, or feet. It is also about the stress the extra weight adds to the heart, lungs, abdominal organs and blood vessels throughout. It is the difference between traveling heavy or light.
Oftentimes we experience what we consider an isolated pain or ailment without any known injury, infection, or even in the absence of physical activity. These circumstances require further exploration in order to find out the origin of the pain. Inflammation is a culprit when it comes to pain. How many words end with the suffix itis meaning inflammation of ? To name a few there is arthritis, bronchitis, bursitis, colitis, dermatitis, folliculitis, etc. etc. etc.. All these words are describing inflammation of various body parts. The human body responds with inflammation when it is trying to protect itself against damaging insults whether in the form of trauma, infection, or food we may ingest.
Obesity a major health problem in our day and age contributes to inflammation. The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report January 2015 stating 1.9 billion adults are obese. Obesity is a major cause of inflammation. Most of us can become somewhat motivated to maintain an appropriate weight for the sake of looking good. If you don’t believe me just look around at how many weight loss plans and fitness fads exist in our society. How sick does one need to feel in order to forego the pleasure of eating unhealthy? What ever reason we have as a motivator let’s pursue healthy eating.
reference article: “Healthy Living from Head to Toe”by Lynn Homisak, Donald Orminski DPM