The prevalence of obese and overweight individuals has dramatically increased in the United States in the last 20 years. In every U.S. state, at least 20 percent of residents are obese, and in 36 states that percentage rises to 25. In all, one-third of U.S. adults are obese and another 34 percent are overweight. There are many reasons for this epidemic, but one that you may not have considered is an allergy or sensitivity to certain foods. In fact, if you’ve been struggling to lose weight despite making positive changes to your diet and physical activity levels, this is a crucial factor worth looking into.
What are the Dangers and Risks of Obesity?
As you may know, a few of the serious side effects associated with obesity include:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
Achieving a healthy weight can significantly lower your risk for developing any of these health issues. So what exactly is a “healthy weight”?