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Effects Of Obesity On The Heart - Signs of Heart Deceases in a Man's Life
How Obesity affects heart?
It is of great important to know how obesity affects heart. Hence following few lines goes a long deal to comprehend the danger signs of obesity on heart.
The type of life the members of better off classes lead now a days, as compared to that in times gone-by, is more likely to promote obesity (collection of fat in the body) in those who are so disposed. It does not mean that corpulence is a modern affliction; in times of antiquity too the number of fit people was quite considerable. Even till the beginning of this century stoutness was considered as a sign of dignity and fashion. Human tendencies are such that food and eating has always loomed large in the minds of all classes. So much so that even after a funeral, though the minds may be merged in gloom, the mourners sit down to eat a vast meal. But there is no doubt that modern life is more conducive to the development of obesity, than the simpler and more active life of the past. It is not only that we have become more fond of delicious and rich food, but we have also acquired the habit of comfort and laziness. With the increase in the number of cars and buses, the people have almost given up the use of their legs. This naturally encourages obesity. Thus in majority of fat people their condition is due to overeating and insufficient exercise. Another thing that some times happens to these unfortunate individuals is that their appetite increases, and perhaps along with it the sense of satiety is in abeyance. The stomachs of these people become accustomed to cascades of food reaching them. The old saying ‘appetite’ comes with eating’ is very true for them. Soups and tasty meals stimulate the digestive juices and often produce appetite when hunger has been appeased. Moreover, the fat persons are often drugged by excess of food they consume; and the extra sleep that follows adds to their sloth and portliness. This all is happening in our times when the food is scarce for the poorer classes of the society.
This fat slowly and gradually gathers in ever increasing amounts just below the skin, as well as in and around the internal organs of the body. It is extremely unpleasant to have to carry about this useless and huge surplus, which quickly makes the person tired and in due course diminishes his capacity for work. The internal fat is by far the most dangerous, because it hinders the regular working of the heart and other vital organs and decreases their efficiency. It has been well and truly said that ‘one third of your food keeps you alive, and the other two thirds keeps your doctor alive.’
When a man reaches a certain degree of obesity it annoys him to notice that when making clothes he has to keep on getting a size larger each time. He does not realize that it is not merely his outward appearance which is being disfigured or the additional cloth that is being wasted, but it is his entire health which is at stake. The ladies on their part come to the painful realization that the figure, of which they had been so proud, was disappearing gradually. They become seriously alarmed, of course more out of vanity then out of any consideration for their health. The common experience is that more women than men seek the slimming treatment. In fact more men than women need it because of more heart disease in them.
It is a well known observation that in spite of the discomforts of excessive weight, a fat person is usually of good temper. He is not inclined to become morose or gloomy easily, and is not even too touchy about the jokes made at his expense. He laughs easily and is not liable to fuss or to fret. His views are usually colored with optimism and gaiety, and not pessimism. He generally avoids criticizing his acquaintances and has a natural tendency to be good and cordial to others. If, in spite of so many nice qualities which a fat person possesses, we still have to fight against corpulence, it is only for hygienic and not for moral or social reasons. The monotonous regularity with which certain complications follow in the train of obesity constitutes the most important aspect of this affliction.