Obesity and Heart Disease Facts:
Obesity and Heart Disease have the great correlation. Obesity is a condition in which there is a generalized accumulation of excess adipose tissues in the body which leads to more than 20% of the desirable body weight. Heart disease is an abnormal condition where your heart and coronary arteries of your heart gets affected. Different types of heart disease include arrhythmia, arthrosclerosis, increased cholesterol levels, heart failures and heart attacks.
The prevalence of obesity and heart disease is highest in developed countries like the United States because of their sedentary lifestyle. The main causes of obesity are a sedentary lifestyle, wrong eating habits, physical inactivity, age, race and family history. And this Obesity invites many disabilities, heart problems, and other lifestyle-related diseases.
Obesity is the major risk factor for developing heart disease. If you are 20% overweight then your ideal weight then the risk goes higher for developing heart disease. American Heart Association has stated that even if you don’t have any other risk factor for developing heart disease, only being obese is a major risk factor for heart disease.
When we talk about obesity and heart disease, distribution of body weight plays an important role. Weight distribution is also predictive for cardiovascular disease risk and abnormal lipid profile.
Obese people who carry more weight in their abdominal area have the greater risk of developing heart disease than the people with excess weight in the lower area. In these people, CRP (C-Reactive Protein) is 53% higher and hence recommended waist circumference for men is less than 40 inches and for women it is less than 35 inches.
Increased adiposity is also associated with several cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as hypertension, Low HDL cholesterol, High LDL cholesterol, and high triglyceride concentrations, diabetes and strokes.
Small weight losses can improve risk factors such as LDL-cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, high blood pressure and CRP levels, even if ideal BMI not achieved.
Studies have shown that reducing 10% of your weight also helps to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Following a healthy diet, the good exercise routine will definitely help to reduce weight and risk of developing heart disease.