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Achieve Healthy Aging By Avoiding Obesity

Apr 29, 2008
Healthy aging is possible by fighting obesity before you reach mid-life. Obesity is a public health problem that requires immediate attention both from government and individuals directly affected by it. If you are overweight or obese, you should do things on your own to get your weight down to a healthier level. It is not only good for you now, but more so if you want to enjoy healthy aging.

A lot of deadly diseases are caused by weight problems. Most of these diseases, also known as lifestyle-related diseases, are highly preventable. One of the measures to prevent them is to control the weight through regular exercise, a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Aging And How Obesity Can Make It Impossible

Heart diseases, hypertension, kidney problems, arthritis and even cancer, are all caused by an unhealthy diet, which is usually the culprit behind overweight or obesity problems. In other words, in order to get your weight under control and achieve healthy aging, you will have to watch your diet.

Moreover, osteoporosis, heart problems, body weakness, or even arthritis are directly or indirectly caused by a sedentary lifestyle or lack of exercise, which in turn, also translates to weight problems. Last but not least, substance abuse and vices also take a toll on your health in the form of lung cancer, cirrhosis or cancer of the liver. This last form of unhealthy living will totally wreak havoc on your health. Add to that the fact that you are obese and your health will become a disaster just waiting to happen.

Healthy Aging: What You Need To Do

Therefore, it is of extreme importance that you keep your weight under control in order to achieve healthy aging. The ways to do so have been outlined above already. But for the sake of clarity, let us go over them:

· Watch your diet - The cliché: "You are what you eat" has never been truer than in today's society, which is so obsessed with fastfoods and anything greasy and cholesterol-laden. A fast-paced existence is the most popular alibi for not eating right. However, people who dismiss the importance of eating healthy are the very same people who suffer from all forms of health problems and who will not experience healthy aging later on in life. In fact, it is ironic for them to use that alibi Why? Because the more demanding their life and jobs are, the more reasons they have to nourish their bodies properly.

People usually associate dieting with skinny individuals who have great bodies, positive disposition and a healthy social life. Well, these things all have something to do with a healthy weight. However, they are more of positive side effects than anything. The real object of dieting is to attain better health and fitness level so that healthy aging is attainable.

· Keep active - Engaging in regular exercises to keep fit and healthy rewards you with a health and a trim physique which should be more able to cope with the demands of modern living, and eventually, healthy aging. Hitting the gym or going for brisk walking on a regular basis will not only enhance your health, but also your social life, which is fundamental to a healthier mental and psychological well-being and eventually, healthy aging.

· Maintain a healthier lifestyle - Avoiding drugs, cigarettes and too much alcohol will all contribute to better health, and towards realizing healthy aging. These substances, if consumed regularly over long periods of time, will not actually give you weight problems. On the contrary, they will waste your body, which is as bad as having weight problems.

Achieving a healthy weight towards healthy aging is not that difficult. It all boils down to you, the very person directly affected by the problem, to act upon it. It is your life, your health your future at stake. Act now.
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Michalle Law is the professional freelance writer. He's also the webmaster of Healthfulbox.com
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