How does being overweight harm the heart?

 

An extra-large body needs an extra-large amount of blood. When you gain weight, your heart has to pump more blood than it did before. Instead of beating more often, the heart grows slightly larger so it can move more blood with each beat. This increased flow can lead to high blood pressure, which is a major cause of heart disease.

However, if your blood pressure doesn’t increase, your heart can still suffer from the extra workload. When the chambers of the heart grow larger, they slowly lose some of their squeezing power. Eventually, they may not be able to completely empty themselves with each beat. As blood starts pooling in your heart, you can develop congestive heart failure.

Excess body fat can cause many changes in the body that raise the risk of heart trouble. If the fat is distributed in the midsection, the risk is higher; a waist measurement of more than 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Extra fat in the body can also lead to extra fat in the blood. Overweight people often have high levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol. If too much cholesterol sticks to your arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis, you can suffer a heart attack or a stroke.

Extra weight can also be a sign that you’re hurting your heart in other ways. Many people are overweight because they eat high-fat diets and don’t exercise. No matter how much you weigh, fattening foods and lack of exercise can damage your arteries and weaken your heart.

It’s simple, your heart was not made to carry extra body fat!! Get moving and start eating better, it’s a choice!

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Let this image of a heart layered with unhealthy fat motivate you to get healthy. 

 

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