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BY DR. ANDREA PURCELL

How in the world did we get to an obesity rate of almost 40%?

The truth is that more than one in three Americans fit the criteria for obesity.

This is based on a height to waist ratio of having a BMI greater than 30.

Obesity is much more than a measurement. Once a person’s BMI has climbed to be greater than 30 there is an entire disease process that sets in. It affects the whole body and not just what we externally see. The biggest health risks come from abdominal weight gain around our vital organs. You can think of it as fat packed in around each organ, as you can imagine, it reduces that organ’s ability to freely work and suppresses function.

The knowledge we have right now about COVID19 and obesity is based on the BMI and it is a significant risk factor for complications.

Basically, there has never been a better time to get fit and lose some inches around your vital organs.

It is looking like 60-80% of us will get COVID-19 before this epidemic is finished and most of the complications relate to having extra weight. The best thing to do right now is lower our risks for complications.

Here’s the really cool thing, remember when you had a pull in your sock and picked at the thread and before you knew it one-quarter of your sock unraveled? The same is true for obesity. By addressing weight now, it can automatically decrease some of the other COVID19 risk factors.

Typically, when we lose weight, blood pressure drops, and blood sugar stabilizes. Wow, can you believe that? A Triple whammy!

So, the main thing to do right now, is commit to getting fit and losing inches.

Here are three of the biggest reasons why obesity leads to elevations in blood pressure:

  • Fatty Liver – this is when liver cells die and are replaced by fat. This is generally caused by poor dietary choices that are high fat, processed, and lacking in fiber. A fatty liver cannot properly do all of its appointed jobs. One of which is cleaning the blood. A fatty liver sends “dirty” blood up to the heart to be oxygenated and that causes resistance in the “plumbing” aka arteries.
  • Extra blood vessels – Fat tissue has a blood supply. Everything in the body does. Fatty tissue has many extra miles of blood vessels that need to be created and fed to keep it alive. This accounts for more blood vessels and pressure in the “plumbing”.
  • Increased Inflammation – Unhealthy fat stores toxins and causes inflammation in the body. Wouldn’t it be great to shed some of the fat and eliminate those toxins? It will free up energy in your system to boost immunity.

If this blog post is whispering in your ear. I want you to know that you are not alone, I am here to help you and by working together you can reduce your risks and feel good in your body again. Schedule a free 15 minute Discovery Call with me!

Wishing you Well,

Dr. Purcell
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