Misconceptions about obesity
Some common misconceptions about food and eating should be put to rest. The first has to be about Obesity. Fat people are more likely to have a Heart Attack than thin people- but the relationship is not a straightforward one. And many thin people still have heart attacks. Eating too much, and exercising too little, causes obesity and coronary disease, but you can still have coronary disease if you are thin by eating the wrong things.
What does this prove? It is better to be of normal weight than to be overweight, but obesity of itself may not be a direct cause of coronary disease. The fact is that if you are overweight, your Blood levels of cholesterol are usually higher than normal and it is this, and not simply being too fat, that makes a heart attack more likely.
Then consequences of this is that just reducing weight alone, with also reducing your cholesterol levels, may not help of course, losing excess weight will always make you feel and look better, and you will be happier with your own body image. It will also probably reduce your chance of stroke and reduce any high Blood Pressure you may have-but unless you also reduce your blood cholesterol level, your chances of avoiding a heart attack will not increase.
Here is a typical 45 years old British male factory worker as an example; there years ago he was developing middle aged spread. At around 3 stone (20kg) overweight, he felt he had to do something about his health. So he bought a dog and started taking it out for a walk every night. The extra exercise he reasoned. Would take off the weigh, and he could carry on with his eating habits of a life time.
This Combination of the lower cholesterol, the non-smoking, and the lowered blood pressure has greatly improved his chance of survival.
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