The primary role of your adipose tissue is to store the energy in the form of fat. These fat acts as a cushion and insulates your body. Obesity occurs when excessive fat gets accumulated in your adipose tissue.
The helpful fact is that obesity is second only to smoking as a preventable cause of death. At the same time, Obesity is the primary cause of various non-communicable diseases like Diabetes, Mellitus, Osteoarthritis, Cardiovascular diseases and Cancer.
You may ignore certain discomforts in your body, citing that it may heal itself quickly. But you never know those defects may be due to your excess fat. In this article, I will let you know the 4 common defects you may see if you are obese.
#1. Difficulty in Sexual Act
Do you find yourself appealing when you stand naked in front of your mirror with those excess fats around your waist and thighs?
You may misinterpret that your partner may have lost in sexual intercourse altogether, but that’s not the case.
Libido is responsible for your sex drives. Your obesity does affect your libido, and your sex life often suffers.
Also, when you are overweight or obese, you have a high risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol. All these conditions, combined with obesity increases the chances of Erectile Dysfunction in you significantly.
You have a 30% higher chance of developing Erectile Dysfunction if you are obese. And Erectile Dysfunction drastically affects your performance in bed and attaining pleasure. In fact, you may not even have a desire to have sex. And that is the last thing you want.
#2. Shortening of Lifespan
A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that extreme obesity may shorten your life expectancy up to 14 years. The “more” obese you become, your life expectancy reduces drastically.
If you are obese, your Body Mass Index (BMI) will probably be between 30 to 34. As you put on weight, your BMI increases. And the risk of dying is higher for excessive overweight – those with a BMI of 35 to 39. Moreover, obesity leads to the risk of heart disease earlier in life, further shortening your life expectancy.
Your excess weight can also cause vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and increased stress. These factors affect your overall health causing deformity, pain and a diminished quality of life.
#3. Physical Weakness
The functional limitations in your muscles and disability such as mobility, strength and postural balance are the result of your excess weight. Regardless of your age, your muscle strength is lower as compared to a non-obese person. This is the prime reason you get tired quickly.
Obesity also leads to reduced mobility, neural adaptations and changes in your muscle form. All these factors, in turn, leads to relative weakness.
Moreover, obesity can seriously affect your knees and hips as your extra body weight places more stress on your knees. This leads to osteoarthritis. This is the reason a surgeon would not refer you a joint replacement surgery, as the artificial joint has a higher risk of loosening and causing further damage.
#4. Excessive Hunger
Your control of weight and food intake is coordinated by a specific part of your brain called hypothalamus. The hypothalamus adjusts your food intake depending upon your needs and reserves. This way, a healthy person will tend to reduce their food intake for a while. But due to your obesity, this mechanism is defective.
You tend to consume too much food compared to your needs. And despite your efforts to stop this behaviour, you fail. And still, Ghrelin, the hunger hormone in you is frequently found at a normal or even lower level.
I hope all these factors will seriously consider you to lose that excess baggage from your body. Staying fit without any medical condition can strongly affect the quality of your life.