Believe it or not, over half the adult population in the UK are overweight or classed as obese and by carrying this extra weight they are putting their health at greater risk and increasing the danger of coronary heart disease and diabetes not to mention all the other problems it can cause too.
Losing even a small proportion of this extra weight can really benefit your health and that’s where HeartWeb, the UKs national online heart support group, and our friends at WeightWatchers can help – losing weight is easier together.
People who are overweight are more likely to develop high blood pressure (when blood pressure is high, the heart must pump harder and the arteries must carry blood that’s moving under greater pressure. If the problem continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may no longer work as well as they should), high levels of blood fats, high levels of “bad” cholesterol and low levels of “good” cholesterol … all of these represent a risk factor for heart disease or stroke. On top of this, excess body fat (especially those extra pounds around the waist and middle) can cause inflammation in blood vessels which further raises the risk of a heart problem. Being overweight can also contribute to angina (chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart). That’s why we should all aim to maintain a healthy weight.
Reducing your weight by just 10 percent can decrease your risk of developing heart disease by improving how your heart works, reducing your blood pressure, and reducing the levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides and that’s where WeightWatchers can really help you.
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Zoe Hellman, Weight Watchers Dietitian, explains why a healthy diet and lifestyle will significantly reduce your risk of heart disease:
“Recent studies have found that the likelihood of developing heart disease is about 75% greater for overweight women compared to those of a healthy weight. Overweight men have a 58% increased risk of heart disease, while obese men more than double the risk. But the good news is that you can reduce these risk factors by getting your weight to a healthy level, getting more active and following a well-balanced, nutritious diet.” … READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE …
Sophie Wale from WeightWatchers also explains how to:
Step into Healthy Living: Love Your Heart
“2.5 million people in the UK are estimated to be living with coronary heart disease, according to the British Heart Foundation. Heart disease doesn’t just affect the elderly – it affects all of us. Men and women are all more likely to die from heart and circulatory disease than any other serious illness, including cancer. Are you armed with the facts?” … READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE …
Losing weight is not always easy but our friends at WeightWatchers can really help you. What’s more … you now have a choice … you can now join WeightWatchers ONLINE service where you can follow the plan completely online with interactive tools, helpful ideas and advice, recipes and much more …