Weight gain can cause your body stress in more ways than one. It is no secret that people who gain too much weight put themselves at risk for numerous diseases, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and more. There are other ways that gaining too much weight can stress your body.
1. Weight Gain Can Interrupt Your Sleep
Sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing for short periods during the night, reducing oxygen flow to your brain and other areas. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and is often caused by weight gain. Excess fat around the neck and decreased muscle tone can allow the throat to collapse and obstruct breathing. This may also result in snoring.
Sleep apnea is a condition which causes serious body stress and can eventually lead to brain damage. In the short term it causes fatigue during the day, an increased risk of many diseases and an increased probability that the sufferer will gain even more weight. One of the best treatments for this condition is to lose weight, and most of the other available treatments are invasive and expensive.
2. Weight Gain Can Stress Your Joints
Joints are already susceptible to stress and are easily damaged. If you are overweight, they have to carry a heavier load and are much more likely to suffer wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is the loss of cartilage and bone from joints, and is often caused or exacerbated by weight gain. This condition is very painful and can eventually lead to the need for joint replacement surgery. Weight gain can also lead to other sources of joint pain, such as arthritis.
People who gain too much weight are at a greater risk of back pain. This particularly affects women since they carry more weight on the front of their bodies. Weight gain in the chest area can affect posture and put more strain on the spine. Exercise does not make joint pain worse in the long run, and may improve it considerably, as well as reduce your weight, but you should consult a doctor before exercising if you have joint pain.
3. Weight Gain Can Cause Psychological Stress
Overweight individuals are often stigmatized, and overweight women in particular are at much greater risk of developing depression. An estimated 55 percent of obese individuals will eventually develop depression. After gaining weight, you might feel less motivated, with lower self esteem. This in turn can lead to even more weight gain. If you feel depressed after weight gain, try to remember that it is only a temporary state, and one which is in your power to change. Exercise will not only help to reduce your weight, but can also help to release endorphins that will decrease your depression.
Gaining weight will cause increased body in many different ways, from reducing the amount of healthy sleep you can get, to overloading your joints and stressing you psychologically. Exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways of getting your weight down and reducing the stress that extra weight will cause.