Understanding the Weight-Health Connection

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You hear it all the time — your weight matters for your health. But what kind of impact, exactly, does our weight have on our health? And why do we stress health above all other things?

The Weight-Health Connection

When most people hear the word “weight,” they experience many different emotions. In today’s culture, the subject can be so taboo that feelings of stress, guilt and shame are common.

To make matters even worse, public messages about weight can leave us feeling lost and confused. The media surrounds us with a variety of mixed messages, often stressing the value of our appearance and personality in terms of weight. But in reality, your weight matters because your health is dependent on it. It affects your overall physical and mental well-being, so it’s important to address the subject appropriately.

Here’s a brief look at some of the specific connections between weight and health:

  • Circulatory System – Affects blood pressure, circulation, inflammation, cholesterol, etc.
  • Mental Health – Affects self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, etc.
  • Gastrointestinal System – Affects digestive health, gallstones, acid reflux, etc.
  • Reproduction – Affects fertility and overall reproductive health
  • Respiratory System – Increases risk for Sleep Apnea and other breathing problems
  • Muscles/Joints – Increases strain on the body, causing pain, wear and tear.
  • Risk for Other Diseases – Includes diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, etc.

If you or someone you know struggles with weight, know that you are not alone. Approaching the subject can certainly be difficult, but we are here to help! It matters for your HEALTH, so it’s important that we start the conversation.

To learn more about why your weight matters, please CLICK HERE.

Take the Your Weight Matters Challenge!

If you’re ready to take the next step on your journey and start the conversation about weight and health today, we encourage you to take the YWM challenge! By taking the challenge, you can learn more about starting the conversation and even receive excellent educational resources to help you along your journey, including:

  • A FREE Campaign toolkit, packed with information on nutrition, weight-loss options and more
  • A FREE subscription to Your Weight Matters Weekly
  • Alerts from us as we release new educational resources such as our Health and Wellness Guide!

To take the challenge today, please CLICK HERE.

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