The risks of developing obesity in your 20’s

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments


We've always known that obesity or being overweight is a serious matter. It can lead to illnesses and other health conditions especially if it stretches out from childhood to adolescence until one reaches his or her 20's. These illnesses can include the following:

  • cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • the risk of having pre-diabetes which is a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes
  • bone and joint problems
  • sleeping disorders like apnea
  • higher risk for adult health problems (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis )

By the time an obese person has reached middle age, there is already a bigger risk in developing life-threatening diseases. For instance, there is a risk in developing hardened plaque in their arteries which can cause a heart attack or a stroke later in life.

According to Jared Reis, an epidemiologist in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's division of cardiovascular sciences, "…The obesity epidemic… people are becoming obese at a younger age than in previous generations, and they are spending a longer period of their life with obesity…. a longer duration of obesity independently contributes to hardened plaque in the arteries, which is sometimes called silent heart disease because there are no symptoms."

An  interesting finding from a recent study shows that for every year the young adults were obese, their risk of developing hardened plaque increased by 2% to 4%.

When we are young, we think we are invincible. If not for our bodies, we think that we will live forever. More often than not, we traverse through our youth ignoring that we are part corporeal and if we don't take care of it, it can malfunction and grow ill.

I am just as guilty. I have been there and done it. But I have conquered it.

And I am optimistic that anybody can also do it. 

However, (I have to be bias here) allow me to say that the contemporary times is much worse because our young people are more exposed to a lifestyle that courts a lot of temptation. 

There's the pull of the adverts of mouth-watering food and supersized helpings. Plus, the lifestyle that is sedentary—work and play can be tied to facing the computer all the waking hours of the day.    

But as I have said it is not unheard of that we have weight loss successful stories.

We need to address the issue of obesity and being overweight. If we do not put our focus on addressing obesity for people who are in their 20's and younger we may have in our hands  an epidemic of coronary artery disease just like there is currently an epidemic of obesity.

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