Obesity Can Affect Recovery After an Injury
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that nearly 40 percent of American adults—or around 93.3 million people—are considered obese. The CDC also says that Kentucky ranks 8th out of all 50 states in levels of adult obesity.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for many reasons. People who are significantly overweight or obese have high levels of both subcutaneous and visceral body fat. Visceral body fat is fat that’s stored between and around the organs. As levels increase, organs can become less efficient, increasing the risk of health problems.
Obesity is also linked to other potentially life-threatening complications and diseases, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer, and stroke. In addition to negative health effects, obesity can also affect recovery after accidents, injuries, and illnesses. People who are significantly overweight or obese have longer healing times and poorer prognoses than people who are at healthy weights.
At Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help our clients get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible after they get hurt or sick. That’s why we always advocate healthy lifestyles as a way to improve healing times and reduce the risk of potential complications after accidents. In fact, we’re participating in our own office-wide weight loss challenge right now. We want to set positive examples in everything we do, including our eating, exercise, and lifestyle habits.