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How Does Being 10 Pounds Overweight Affect Your Life?

author image Tammy Dray
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.
How Does Being 10 Pounds Overweight Affect Your Life?
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Losing just 10 lbs. can have a huge impact on your health, according to cardiothoracic surgeon and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Oz. Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes, having cancer and suffering from high blood pressure. People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from sexual dysfunction and might experience low self-esteem problems.

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Added weight can worsen any joint or muscle pain you might already have. The more overweight you are, the worse the pain, but even a few extra pounds can put added pressure on your knees. According to Dr. Oz, each pound adds the equivalent of 3 lbs. of pressure on your knees. This means 10 lbs. puts 30 lbs. of pressure on your knees and might increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.

Higher Cholesterol

Any added fat in your body will affect your cholesterol. If you have 10 lbs. extra, then you’re likely to have higher cholesterol than somebody in the healthy weight range. High cholesterol might lead to heart disease and increase your risk of heart attack.

Sleeping Problems

Being just 10 lbs. overweight can narrow your windpipe, making it more difficult to breathe. This can increase your risk for developing sleep apnea. Even if you don’t, you might still have trouble being comfortable and might end up sleeping in short bursts through the night, waking up regularly. This can leave you feeling tired and hurt your mental alertness the next day.

Overall Feel

Being just 10 lbs. overweight can lower your energy levels, leaving you tired and groggy both physically and mentally. Drop 10 lbs. and your energy levels will come right up. You’re also likely to feel less bloated and uncomfortable. Since being overweight affects your windpipe, you might find yourself out of breath quicker, even when doing mild exercise. If you have active young kids or a dog that needs regular walking, those extra 10 lbs. can feel like a heavy burden.

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