Why do we have yearly measurements?
Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. It’s a greater health problem than just carrying a few extra pounds and is linked to a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and osteoarthritis.
About a third of adults in the US are obese. While it’s true that eating more calories than you burn is what causes weight gain, sometimes people who exercise regularly and eat reasonable amounts still become very heavy.
Genetics is a factor in determining whether someone will struggle to maintain a healthy weight, as is gender. Men tend to have more muscle than women, and because muscle burns more calories even at rest than other types of tissue, men are less likely to gain weight. Plus, women tend to retain four to six extra pounds after each pregnancy. Loss of muscle mass and slowing of the metabolism is part of the again process and contributes to weight gain in both women and men.
Other factors that contribute to an individual’s likelihood of becoming obese include environmental factors- habits picked up from the people around you- and emotions. Many people overeat out of boredom or depression. Combined with a sedentary lifestyle, this adds up to excess weight that is difficult to shed.
Which is why we measure each year. You may not notice your slow weight gain, however, when you look at your numbers from one year to the next you can see if a trend has started. A trend which you may want to nip before it gets out of hand. As stated above, obesity can lead to several different complications: Type 2 diabetes. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, cancer, dyslipidemia, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, gynecological problems. Low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
This year’s Biometric Screen is 1 month away!
We will be in the Sullivan:
And we will be at Trinity East: