Obesity is considered as one of the common lifestyle diseases that are on the rise but have adverse health effects. The impact of obesity on body and mind cannot be underestimated. Several clinical studies across the world, and most recently advanced obesity consequences studies both in the US and the UK confirms that obesity effects are severe.
The impacts of obesity on mind and various body organs:
1: Imbalance in brain function
Excess fat in the body strains the brain. One of the physiological functions of the brain it to ensure the body releases chemicals that initiate breaking down of fat to release energy to various parts of the body. Therefore, high level of fat means that the brain has to overwork itself to ensure fat metabolism takes place. Consequently, malfunctioning of the brain leads to stress, mood alleviation, and other psychological disorders.
2: Breakdown of communication within the central nervous system
Obese people often experiences memory loss. Fats tend to damage white matter that covers nerve fibers that are meant to send signals to the brain from other parts of the body. Negative cognitive functioning results to messages not being passed effectively within the central nervous system.
3. Heart: The heart remains one of worst hit organs by obesity
For the heart to function well the body needs to be in a healthy state. To achieve its functions, there must be a significant number of blood vessels to ensure the body is supplied with oxygenated blood and deoxygenated is taken back to the heart to be processed. Also, fat leads to thicker walls of the blood vessels such as the arteries. Clogged blood veins and arteries are some of the primary reasons for heart failures, atherosclerosis, strokes and hypertension amidst other cardiovascular diseases.
After the heart, the most affected organ by obesity is the lung. The high presence of adipose tissues weakens functioning of the lungs resulting in insufficient oxygen supply in the body. Reduced oxygen capacity can lead to several respiratory diseases and even collapse of the lung and other vital body organs.
The outward effect of obesity can be seen on the skin. Skin conditions and diseases such as acne, pimples, boils and stasis dermatitis amidst other dermal conditions are caused by excess fat deposits on the surface and beneath the skin. The fats create a conducive environment that allows thriving of harmful bacteria such as acne vulgaris and fungus.
It is apparent that the impact of obesity on body and mind are adverse. Hence, this health condition ought to be kept in control to attain a healthy body and mind.