Can Obesity Shorten Your Life?

A new study out of McGill University of Canada concluded that obesity not only shortens one’s lifespan, but it also shortens the quality of one’s lifespan as well.

Western society has been suffering from an epidemic of obesity. More than one-third of all americans, or 78.6 million people, are overweight or obese.

The research out of McGill University proved that being obese will shorten your life expectancy by 8 years. Being obese will also reduce the quality of the last 2 decades of your life, primarily due to managing the health effects of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and osteo-arthritis (the long term health effects of being obese).

Let me say first off that I believe that society places too much emphasis on being thin. Research shows that you can be overweight and still be healthy. It comes down to taking care of yourself. It comes down to exercising consistently and eating healthy.

In nature you have variances such as some people are tall, while some are short. Some people have dark hair and some people are blond. Just as some people are big boned and have a large frame, while others are small and skinny.

If you are a big boned, large framed person, it is going to be very hard, if not impossible to get ripped and lean and 6 pack abs. Especially if you started exercising later in life, it can be very hard to get toned and lean. It is hard to fight against your natural build.

But, even if you are overweight, consistent exercise and healthy eating will reverse many of the health effects from being overweight.

If you are overweight and exercising, you will not be as healthy as someone who is of normal weight and exercising. But, you can still lead a long, healthy, happy and active life being overweight if you exercise and eat right.

It doesn’t matter if you are heavy or thin, if you are overweight or obese. Consistent exercise and healthy eating will improve the quality of your life, and your life expectancy. You don’t have to go hard with exercise, you just have to be consistent with it.

Consistent, low impact and low intensity exercising along with healthy eating is the best thing you can do for your health and your life. This is the Pain Free Way.

Here is a link to an article that discusses this study.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/05/obesity-and-life-expectancy_n_6275710.html

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