If you can’t see ‘it,’ you should know how obesity affects the body


Of all the slang terms for a guy’s protruding belly — spare tire, bay window, front porch and so on — there’s one that really hits home: The “dick-do.”

The idea here is that a guy’s paunch sticks out further than his “dick-do,” making it impossible for him to admire his family jewels from a standing position (without a mirror, that is).

If you can relate, you may be getting a first-hand look at what obesity looks like and what obesity does to the body. A person’s body weight is classified as obese when the body mass index hits 30 and up. To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in kilograms by your height in metres, and then divide the answer by your height again. Or simply click here for a handy BMI calculator.

If you have a high BMI, the health issues you face may go beyond being unable to see your twig and berries. Here’s one of the biggies:

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

It’s no coincidence that the BMI calculator is on the Canadian Diabetes Association website. After all, type 2 diabetes is just one of many reasons why obesity is a problem. Here’s why obesity causes diabetes: As you gain weight, your body has to work harder to produce a hormone called insulin, which helps cells use blood sugar for energy. Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin and sugar builds up in your blood.

This buildup can damage your eyes, blood vessels, nerves and kidneys. Damage to your nerves can lead to foot sores, problems with digestion, and impotence. That’s right: First you can’t see your junk, and then it gets worse! Damage to your blood vessels also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

There are many signs and symptoms of diabetes: An unusual thirst, frequent urination, extreme fatigue or lack of energy, blurred vision, frequent or recurring infections, cuts and bruises that are slow to heal, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, and trouble getting or maintaining an erection. (Man, this just keeps getting worse!) You may want to contact your health-care provider if you have any of these symptoms. If you’re aged 40 or older, you should still get checked even if you don’t have symptoms.

Easy tips for lowering your BMI

Since getting taller is probably off the table, the best way to lower your body mass index is to drop a few pounds by putting a few of these awesome tips into action:

Food Swaps
Replacing unhealthy foods with healthy ones is an easy way to lose weight and feel better. See three food swaps that work wonders.
Trouncing Temptation
Why fight food cravings when you can avoid them altogether? Find out how with this double barrelled tip.
BBQ For The Win
Do you crave that smoky barbecue flavour, but want to maintain a healthy diet? Here’s an easy, delicious recipe for grilled broccoli.

Now that you’ve discovered one tasty dish that’ll help you achieve your weight-loss goals, why not add a bunch more to your arsenal?


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