Obesity Admissions Increase
According the BBC Obesity admissions have soared 30% last year. For those involved there is an increase in health risks including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Another BBC article talks about design issues regarding obese clients. For example airplanes are selling tickets for two seats if you cant fit into one. “A few years ago, probably only 10 years ago, your average patient was 12 to 13 stone – now that’s probably 17 to 18 stone. And we quite regularly see patients around 30 stone in weight and even bigger than that,” says Nigel Wells of West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Design issues are not the only result of being overweight. Here is a list showing you some of the dangers of being overweight. See this video.
- High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure causes your heart to work harder, which is dangerous for the heart.
- Diabetes: Obesity is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes. Excess fat makes your body resistant to insulin. When your body is resistant to insulin, your cells can’t get the energy they need.
- Abnormal blood fats: A diet high in saturated fats increases the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- Osteoarthritis: Excess weight adds pressure to joints and wears away at the cartilage that protects them.
- Sleep apnea: The more overweight a person is, the greater more severe the sleep apnea will be.
- Cancer: Men and women who are overweight have a higher risk of developing many different kinds of cancer.
- Gallstones: Gallstones are more common in people who are overweight. The connection between gallstones and weight is unclear.
- Weak Pelvic Muscles
- Physical Discomfort: As fat accumulates, it crowds the space occupied by your organs. People who are overweight may have difficulty breathing, walking or sitting.