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Obesity an addiction

Obesity physical health impacts

Obesity physical health

Obesity physical health impacts can be felt across the globe

Obesity physical health impacts: The damages caused overweight

Every human being must have some reasonable weight. When the normal healthy weight is exceeded, one is said to be obese or overweight. This state comes with some negative effects. That is why we want to focus on obesity physical health problems as we progress into this discussion. According to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, MD the bodily harms caused overweight can be very devastating if not treated. Such problems may include:

  • From a metabolic standpoint, obesity contributes to diabetes by affecting the way the body processes sugar.
  • Additionally, obese people tend to have high cholesterol and are more vulnerable to hypertension and heart disease as had been indicated above.
  • From a quality-of-life standpoint, obesity contributes to sleep disturbances, snoring and, in severe cases, sleep apnea, all of which can lead to daytime fatigue and depression.
  • Obese people may also experience excessive sweating, overheating and frequent rashes in the folds of the skin.
  • Excess weight also puts a strain on the joints and may lead to knee, ankle and back pain.
  • Obesity also increases the risk of some cancers, gall bladder disease, and stroke.

Obesity physical health impacts: Obesity effects on erectile dysfunctions

Obesity can directly affect erectile dysfunction by lowering testosterone levels. Testosterone are the primary sex hormone in men facilitating efficiency in both libido and sexual function. Indirectly, it increases the risk of contracting other diseases, like hypertension. The penis needs a sufficient supply of blood for a firm erection. Once engorged, the vessels need to close in order to maintain the erection. Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease all contribute to erectile dysfunction by adversely damaging and constricting blood vessels and affecting the way blood flows in and out of the penis. All these problems can be reversed for a better living naturally using good diet, exercise, and drug intervention. Therefore, if you are struggling with weight management, you can call doctor Akoury now to help you professionally get your life back on track.

Obesity physical health impacts: Lifestyle and Psychological effects

Lifestyle choices that impair blood circulation can contribute to ED. Smoking, excessive drinking, and drug abuse may damage the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the penis. Smoking makes men with atherosclerosis particularly vulnerable to ED. Being overweight and getting too little exercise also contributes to ED.  Studies indicate that men who exercise regularly have a lower risk of ED.

ED usually has something physical behind it, particularly in older men. But psychological factors can be a factor in many cases of ED. Stress, depression, poor self-esteem and performance anxiety can short circuit the process and leads to an erection. These factors can also worsen the problem in men whose ED stems from something physical. Finally, the impact of obesity and overweight in sexual life is real and when it happen, we must not shy away from it. The sooner we are able to face it the better for everyone whether in marriage or in an active relationship. When you visit AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, doctor Dalal Akoury will be there to help you get out of the twin conditions of being obese and erectile dysfunction in the most efficient and professional way. Remember that confidentiality is one of our strength so you need not worry about anything.

Obesity physical health impacts: The damages caused overweight






Involving family in weight lose

Understanding childhood obesity

Understanding childhood obesity

Understanding childhood obesity is a must win if we are to inspire our children into healthy feeding

Understanding childhood obesity: Accumulating too much fat in the body

The many threats in life today is pushing everyone to be attentive in understanding childhood obesity and overweight. Because of the prevalence of obesity and overweight particularly in children, we cannot afford to overlook this disturbing condition. Research tells us a about how parents can fight the obesity epidemic for the good health of their children and even for themselves. But the question is, are we doing enough to bring this escalating problem to a manageable level? Let me be very specific, are you doing anything to bring the problem of obesity and overweight in children to manageable levels? As you ponder about that I want to bring to your attention that irrespective of what you are doing, AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care is doing something and are changing lives of people globally in regard to this problem. We don’t want you to be left out and so as we get into the discussion, I want to request you to schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury if you or your child is struggling with obesity.

The simplest understanding of what obesity is would means having too much body fat. A child is obese if their weight is more than 20% higher than the ideal weight for a boy or girl of their age and height. These excess fats are the problem and the sooner we deal with them the better not just for us but for the generations to come. If we can pool together, then we will be we will bring up generations free of obesity and overweight. To help us do this, let us find some answers to these questions as we progress.

Understanding childhood obesity: How common is obesity today?

The available statistics is worrying not just in the US but globally. However using the US as an example research indicates that in the years 1980-2000, the rate of obesity and overweight has more than double particularly in children and teens. It is no wonder that the problem is being considered an epidemic. Today figures have changed on the upward trend with about 17.1% of our children and teen being either obese or overweight. With this trend we must stop asking how common but join in the fight of the epidemic for a better tomorrow.

Understanding childhood obesity: Concerns about obesity in general

Just like in the adults being obese increases a child’s risk for some serious and chronic childhood medical problems associated with overweight. Such conditions may include:

  • Pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Hyperlipidemia (too much cholesterol in the blood, which can clog the arteries)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Bone conditions, such as hip problems
  • Gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Early puberty
  • Psychological problems, like poor self-esteem and depression

Finally, if this is not addressed at its initial stage, then these children are at greater risk of becoming obese adults and inheriting all the health problems associated with obesity lasting through the lifespan. These obesity-associated health problems include high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, gout, pulmonary problems, gall bladder disease, liver disease, psychosocial problems, reproductive problems, and some types of cancer.

Understanding childhood obesity: Accumulating too much fat in the body


Ensuring that your weight loss plans succeeds

Children obesity causes

Children obesity causes

Children obesity causes is heavily dependent on what you eat

Children obesity causes: Understanding how kids become obese or overweight?

Like most chronic health problems, children obesity causes are not unique but are mainly as a result of complex interactions between genes, environment and behavior or habits. From the expert’s desk at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD many studies have shown that there is not a big difference in the amount of food eaten and physical activity between obese and non-obese kids. Probably small differences in eating and activity over time really add up and lead to weight gain. Obese children do tend to eat larger portions or higher calorie foods, like high-fat foods.

Physical activity and inactivity are very important factors. Actually children who take a lot of time on the screen and playing video games are potential overweight and obese candidates. In other wards such activities does not encourage movement and therefore little or no calories are burnt resulting into being obese or overweight. What is worrying is that most schools where our children attend do not have playing grounds. One would want to get solace that in place of playing ground there would be a well finished gym. You will be very disappointed if you thought so. All that is available is more rooms for class rooms, kitchen where unhealthy food is prepared and probably the administration blocks. Now if our children spend the better part of their lives in school and this is the kind of environment we have, what is the hope of losing weight?

Children obesity causes: Life changing objectives

In our introduction I said that at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care we are doing something and are changing lives of people globally. We intend to make a difference in the society and beyond. The primary objective of creating this facility is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. And that is why doctor Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. Remember that if you don’t do something today, then, you are transferring the many chronic complications associated with obesity and overweight to the next generation through your children.

If by reading this article you feel that you need help in eliminating this problem completely, you can schedule an important appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today and let us help you bring up children with healthy weight for a healthy society. As you consider that it is also very important to remember that children coming from families with obese parents tend to be obese themselves. Like for instance in the event that one parent is obese or overweight, their teen has an 80% chance of being overweight. Why is this so? This is probably because of a combination of genetics and family behavior and habits. Children of moms who have diabetes are more likely to be overweight.

Children obesity causes: Understanding how kids become obese or overweight?


Obesity an addiction

Gradual childhood weight loss

Gradual childhood weight loss

Gradual childhood weight loss to prevent any weight related health complication in good time

Gradual childhood weight loss: Keeping and staying on a healthy weight

Obesity is not happening like an accident it develops gradually over a period of time and interestingly once settled it cannot be solved overnight. The solution will also take the same gradual process. If you or your child is struggling with obesity or overweight, you must be ready to take one step at a time. The gradual childhood weight loss process will not be easy but at the same time it is not impossible. Your first step would be to acknowledge that there is a problem. With the right people around you the process may even be much friendly and enjoyable.

Nonetheless, when talking about solutions, it is important that we look towards preventions. Our children must not be allowed to go through this problem of weight gain and its associates. It therefore, means that we must prioritize helping our children lose weight by being there for them in all dimensions. I have talked about prevention and for sure this is the best remedy. It is always much easier and economical to prevent weight gain by maintaining a healthy weight than it is to losing it (weight). Doctor Dalal Akoury a weight loss professional of over two decades and the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is sharing with us some of the available options for our consumption.

Gradual childhood weight loss: Make it a whole family effort

  • Obesity is not just your child’s problem.  It is a problem that the whole family must be involved in solving. Your child lives within your family environment.
  • Chances are, someone else in your family has also struggled with weight or experienced obesity. They may be able to offer valuable help and support in developing realistic goals for your child.
  • As a family try to think of problems that you have solved successfully. This will help you stay positive, and look for other areas that are opportunities for change.
  • Mealtimes should be family times. Create a relaxed atmosphere around mealtime. Eat slowly and enjoy your food. Eat together as a family, and don’t watch TV during meals. Families that do not eat together tend to consume more fried foods and soda and less fruits and veggies than families that share meals.

Be a positive role model: Remember children are the best photocopiers. They are very observant and will do exactly what you do and very little on what you say. They may be getting the best teaching in their schools but if what they observe at home is different then, that is what they will do. In other words if your whole family eats healthy foods and gets active then your child will do the same with ease. This explains why gradual childhood weight loss must begin from home. After all the holy book say train a child the way he/she should go and when they grow up they will not depart from it. If you want to know more, you can schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury now and she will help you understand professionally.

Gradual childhood weight loss: Keeping and staying on a healthy weight


Resisting insulin

Heart diseases connection to overweight

Heart diseases connection

Heart diseases connection to overweight knows nor age variances

Heart diseases connection to overweight: The epidemic levels of obesity

Obesity is reaching epidemic levels in most parts of the world. This is causing jittery in the medical profession. Currently, the greatest concern is the trail of destruction this condition leaves behind. I am addressing issues relation to the heart disease connection to being overweight. How does it happen? Experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD explains:

Heart diseases connection to overweight: Obesity leads to blockage in the arteries

For a better understanding, let’s define insulin is, this is a hormone that helps the body metabolize blood sugar, or glucose. When one is obese the insulin resistance goes up causing the body to be less effective in digesting glucose. The result of this is high blood sugar which facilitates the formation of pre-diabetes or diabetes. This is a risk factor for heart disease. And due to the ineffectiveness of insulin operations in the liver, triglycerides (fats) increases in the blood causing the bad cholesterol, or LDL to go up and good cholesterol or HDL to come down.

Remember that cholesterol is vital to a number of functions in the body. However, too much level of cholesterol in the body can be harmful. LDL transport cholesterol from the liver and intestines to various parts of the body. During this transportation process, if we have excess cholesterol the excess will build up in the walls of arteries throughout the body, including those in the heart and brain. HDL takes cholesterol from the walls of the arteries and carries it back to the liver and intestines where it can be excreted. When there is too little HDL to carry away the excess LDL, it leads to atherosclerosis, which is hardening and narrowing of the arteries. This is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Just to further on the relationship between obesity and heart diseases, obesity is also associated with increased risks of:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation

Coronary artery disease

Various studies have shown that an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in the overweight is real and realistic. This is because while studying some 300 000 adults for 7 years, it was established that about 9% increase in ischaemic-heart disease events for each unit change in BMI.46 moreover, obesity was associated with both fatty streaks and raised atherosclerotic lesions in the right coronary and left anterior descending coronary arteries specifically in young men. Nonetheless as for those individuals with pre-existing heart conditions the link between obesity and cardiovascular mortality is not very strong.

Heart diseases connection to overweight: Heart failure

Doctor Akoury explains that the relationship between obesity and heart failure is complex. According to the Framingham Study where some 6000 individuals with no heart failure records in the past but of age 55 were followed keenly for some14 years. Up on concluding the study, it was established that, the risk of developing heart failure was two-fold higher in obese individuals, in comparison with subjects with a normal body-mass index. On multivariate analysis adjusting for risk factors including hypertension, coronary artery disease and left ventricular hypertrophy, there was an excess risk of 5% in men and 7% in women for each 1 point increase in BMI. It was estimated that 11% of the cases of heart failure in men and 14% in women could be attributed to obesity alone. These complications can be very chronic and the sooner you tackle them the better. To help you get lasting solutions of all these, you will need to call doctor Akoury for an appointment to commence treatment.

Heart diseases connection to overweight: The epidemic levels of obesity