Obesity And Your Vision Health

The problem of obesity is a major health crisis in the United States. Researchers from the CDC estimated that in the year 2003 alone medical expenses related to obesity accounted for 75 Billion dollars. According to the National Institute of Diabetes, among adults in the United States, from all racial categories, 68.8% of Americans are considered overweight, 35.7% are considered obese and 6.3 percent of Americans are considered extremely obese. Additionally, obesity rates among children and adolescents have tripled in the United States since 1980 to the present time. Many people struggle with issues related to weight control. Some of these issues may be related to genetics. Others are related to the lack of availability of time to prepare healthy foods due to hectic and busy lifestyles schedules that contribute to the convenience of fast food consumption. Others may be associated with a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle whereby there is a lack of physical activity. Additionally, technology is such an integral part of our daily lives that it is a contributing factor to a lack of outdoor activities that discourages physical fitness. Not to mention the fact that our media driven society glorifies fast food in the most sensational and irresistible ways. This wets our appetites through persuasive advertising that adds to our desire for such fast food cravings. These are just some of the issues that people who struggle with weight issues are dealing with.

Nevertheless, there are solutions to solving problems related to obesity in The United States. Health experts warn that obesity problems contribute to serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and sleep apnea to name a few. However, did you know that obesity also poses serious health risks to your eye health as well? Therefore, here are some of the health effects of obesity on your eye health along with some tips you can put into practice to bring your weight down to a healthy level while improving your vision health as well:

THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF OBESITY ON EYE HEALTH: problems related to obesity affects the circulation system in our bodies. Additionally, our heart and eyes are connected. The heart supplies the blood vessels in the eyes with circulation. If this circulation in the vascular system is unhealthy, and if fatty deposits related to excess weight gain line the walls of the arteries, this can lead to serious eye problems and eye diseases that lead to vision loss. Health care experts warn that there is a connection between obesity and the development of eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. These eye diseases can lead to serious eye problems associated with the loss of our vision.

What are the solutions to these problems related to obesity and how can you control your weight in order to improve your vision health? Well, it is vital to maintain your weight at normal healthy levels due to the fact that this enables you to maintain healthy eyesight. One way to accomplish this goal is to consume fewer calories. Eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber that has a tendency to increase the body’s metabolic rate thereby keeping insulin levels in the body at a healthy range. This sends a signal to your body not to store fat. Increase your consumption of vision health foods such as spinach, broccoli and asparagus in your diet. These are fat burning foods that also improve vision health as well. Also, in terms of diet, eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. These foods will decrease your levels of a hormone in the body called Leptin. Low levels of Leptin in the body have been shown to increase metabolism and increase the body’s ability to burn fat. The American heart association recommends light to moderate exercise in the form of brisk walks for 30 minutes, 4 times a week to assist you in your weight loss goals. Even though dealing with your weight control issues may seem quite challenging, with a little bit of effort, you can implement these lifestyle changes that help you to maintain a healthy body weight and improve your vision health at the same time.

Source by Joel Travers King