Obesity significantly increases a person’s risk of developing coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and elevated blood glucose levels.
Obesity also increases the risk of endothelial dysfunction, a disease in which the inner linings of the blood vessels in the heart stop functioning properly.
This disease also directly contributes to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. It is one of the major contributors to coronary heart disease.
Endothelial dysfunction significantly decreased in adults who consumed oatmeal after a high-fat diet, according to a 2001 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78.6 million (more than one-third) U.S. adults are obese.
The yearly medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008, according to a 2009 study published in Health Affairs. Medical expenses for obese individuals were $1,429 higher than those who were not obese, the study further notes.
If you are piling up the pounds and looking for a one-step miracle fix, you are in for disappointment. Weight loss is a gradual process that requires dedication.
Consult a nutritionist and gym instructor for a holistic plan to curb your weight.
In the meantime, here is a solid tip: Incorporate oats in your daily diet to make the first positive dietary change toward a healthy body.