Infographic on Obesity & Heart Health: Risk Factors & Prevention

Posted on February 8, 2019

Obesity affects three in every ten people worldwide with the condition generally being described as attaining weight above the recommended by about a fifth of the expected. There are many things that contribute to the buildup of excess adipose (which is basically what obesity is) some of which include skipping meals-particularly breakfast- sleep deprivation, and physical inactivity just to name a few.

So why is keeping obesity at bay so important? Well, we’ll let your heart speak for itself. Over the years, scientific evidence has linked the overabundance of fat with an increased strain on the organ as it works overtime to keep up with elevated blood circulation demands. After a while, it eventually proves too big a burden to bear thereby paving the way for failure and other heart health complications.

That said, two important questions still remain? How exactly do you know if you are obese and what can you do to get back on the path to fitness? You can find the answers to those and many more questions in the following infographic on obesity & heart health.

Obesity & Heart Health

Obesity & Heart Health: Risk Factors & Prevention

Obesity

Generalized accumulation of excess adipose tissues in the body which leads to more than 20% of the desirable body weight.

Factors that cause Obesity

  • Physical inactivity
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Mood disorders like depression and anxiety
  • Perimenopause and menopause
  • Medication
  • Insomnia
  • Skipping breakfast
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Over intake of sugary foods
  • Heavily processed foods / Junk foods

How Obesity Affects Heart Health?

While obesity can lead to many diseases, one of the greatest concerns is your heart.
People with obesity tend to have below risk factors, which are the main cause of Heart Failure

  • Diabetes
  • High blood lipids, especially high triglycerides
  • Higher levels of bad cholesterol
  • Lower levels of good cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Enlarged left ventricle (left ventricular hypertrophy)
  • Heart palpitation
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic pain

Are you at Risk?

Know your Health Numbers That Matter as Much as Your Weight

  • Body Mass Index: 18.5 – 24.9
  • Waist Size: 35 for Women / 40 for Men
  • Blood Pressure: 120/80 – 140/90 mmHg
  • Blood Sugar: 70 to 120 mg/dL
  • Cholesterol Level: 200 mg/dL
  • Daily Calorie Needs: 2000 for Women / 2550 for Men

Did You Know?

  • 30% of the world population is overweight
  • Every 5th child in the world is overweight or obese
  • 70% of obese children have at least one cardiovascular disease
  • Reducing 10% of your weight also helps to reduce the risk of developing heart disease

How to Overcome Obese?

  • Intake vegetables and fruits daily
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates
  • Do not skip meals
  • Avoid sugary beverages
  • Keep the transfats away
  • Reduce stress
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise daily

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