To achieve a well-balanced lifestyle, you should understand and address both your physical appearance and health. Losing weight is about much more than aesthetic concerns. Besides a boost in confidence, weight-loss can benefit any individual in several ways.

  1. Losing weight reduces your chance of getting diabetes. Some experts would argue that losing weight can be more effective than many diabetic medications and treatments.
  2. Losing weight can decrease a person's chance of developing Alzheimer's by 35%.
  3. Research has proven that losing weight can improve brain function and even reverse the negative effects of obesity.
  4. A study in the UK recently found that for every 5 kg/m2 decrease in BMI, the chance of a woman developing womb cancer would decrease by as much as 62%. The study also showed that weight loss could lower a woman's chances of developing ovarian and breast cancer.
  5. Losing weight will increase optimism and possibly give you a better perspective on life in general. Obese people are more likely to be depressed than those who are at a healthy weight.

Whether it be by strict dieting and exercise, prescriptions or surgery, if you are over-weight, you may want to weigh the pros and cons.