Tracy never felt confident in her skin. She was never skinny, and kids could never miss a chance to tease her because of that. Eating became an escape from reality for Tracy. The more she’s been bullied, the more she ate. Nothing changed when she had become an adult. More judgmental people, more unhealthy eating habits. At the age 32 and 345 pounds, her life was at risk. It was time for a big change. Today, she does things she never thought she could. Enjoy Tracy’s journey and SHARE.
In the past 30 years, obesity has tripled among school-aged children and teens. According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 13.9% of high school students were obese, and an additional 16.0% were overweight. Among adults, according to the most recent data from 2015, rates of obesity now exceed 35% in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30%, and every state is above 20%.
Being overweight greatly raises the risk for multiple health problems. As your body mass index rises, so does the risk for coronary heart disease. Obesity also can lead to heart failure. This is a serious condition in which your heart can’t pump enough blood. Being overweight can lead to a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form. If the clot is close to the brain, it can block the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, causing a stroke.
Nearly 9 out of 10 people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes are overweight. Diabetes is a leading cause of early death, CHD, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness.
Being overweight raises the risk for colon, breast, endometrial, and gallbladder cancers.
Osteoarthritis is a common joint problem of the knees, hips, and lower back. The condition occurs if the tissue that protects the joints wears away. Extra weight can put more pressure and wear on joints, causing pain.
Obesity can even cause infertility in women. It also affects the quality of life. Weight-related issues may include: Depression, Disability, Sexual problems, Shame and guilt, Social isolation, Lower work achievement.
Stay healthy! Good balanced diet, ditching soda for water, and a little of exercise will keep your body in a great shape.