Benefits Of Weight Loss

In addition to helping you feel and look better, reaching a healthier body weight is good for your overall well being.

Being overweight can lead to loss of self- esteem, self-confidence and even depression. Additionally, if you are overweight or obese, you have a greater risk of developing many diseases that affect your quality of life.

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Research has shown that as your weight increases to levels referred to as "overweight" and "obese," your risk for the following conditions also increases:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, prostate, kidneys and colon)
  • Neurological conditions (stroke)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Liver and gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Gerd (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease occurs when stomach acid or stomach contents, flow back into the food pipe and irritate the lining of the esophagus.)
  • Hernia (when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in surrounding muscle or connective tissue, like the abdominal wall)
  • Lumbar disk disease
  • Osteoarthritis(a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
Woman in a Weighing Scale — Benefits of Weight Loss in Harrisburg, PA
Woman using Balanced Scale — Benefits of Weight Loss in Harrisburg, PA

The Good News

No matter what your weight loss goal, any weight loss is likely to produce health benefits.

Research shows even a 5 to 10 percent reduction in your body weight, can facilitate improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.

Not to mention, improving your energy level, physical mobility, general mood, and self-confidence!