Becoming overweight or obese is an ever-growing health curse, and it’s costing our societies literally billions of dollars. In North America alone, obesity causes over 300,000 premature deaths each year. It is second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable death. Since 2001, countless articles have been published on the issue, and yet, despite constant warnings in the media, many men remain unaware of the serious risks associated with not managing their weight.
Men are between 25 and 33 percent more likely to get colon, rectum, prostate, oesophagal, and kidney cancer if they are obese. About 70 percent of cardiovascular disease can be traced to obesity, and 90 percent of type 2 diabetics are overweight.
We’ve got to ask ourselves: what’s wrong with us? When there are recurring news articles on how our existing diets are killing us, why are we continuing to eat the same way? Of course, we all know the answer. We don’t believe that anything will happen to us. Statistics are about other people. Right? Wrong!
Men don’t tend to believe that the physical problems they experience are attached to their eating habits. However, according to WebMD-whose material is vetted by the Cleveland Clinic-a man who is 40 percent above his appropriate weight is twice as likely to die prematurely as is his average-weight male neighbour. This is because a man’s physiology is not meant to store significant amounts of fat and if it’s accumulated, it can be incredibly dangerous.
Men, tend to become “apple-shaped”: they put weight on around the waist. This so-called spare tire poses a very significant health hazard. Men whose weight is concentrated like this are at greater risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, or cancer than overweight women. Visceral fat located in the stomach area also affects organs such as the heart and lungs. For example, a waist circumference of 36 inches is associated with a high-risk profile for coronary heart disease.
Change what you see in the mirror and your future self will thank you.