So you fa la la’d your way into overeating and overdrinking this holiday season. Was stepping on the scale in January a painful reality check? Don’t despair. You can get back on track. January 19–25 is Healthy Weight Week, and it’s time to adopt healthy habits to last a lifetime.
Being a healthy weight isn’t just about how you look. Your overall and oral health will benefit. Consider these three reasons why being overweight takes a toll on your health.
• You’re more likely to be at risk for heart disease or diabetes: According to the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, obesity is second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers are linked to unhealthy weights.
• You’re at increased risk for sleep problems and depression: Overweight individuals are at higher risk for sleep apnea and other problems. A lack of sleep can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression.
• Gum disease contributes to health problems: Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. Bleeding or tender gums are signs you could have gum disease. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, has been linked to both diabetes and heart disease. If your body is healthy, your smile will be too.
Eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables, along 30 minutes of exercise on most days, will help lessen your risk of these diseases. Be sure to brush your teeth gently at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily.
Don’t take your health for granted this year.