How Does Weight Affect Life Expectancy?
Our world is comprised of billions of people who come in all shapes and sizes, from the very short to the very tall, the pear-shaped, apple or hourglass body types. There are no two people whose bodies are exactly alike. Lifestyles preferences, personal habits, genetics or time limitations and financial resources can all play key roles in our body weight and overall health.
For several decades now, an onslaught of affordable modern conveniences, from farm tractors to washing machines and microwaves, has been implemented into the lives of the average American for everyday use. Moreover, foods can now be purchased for low prices from the frozen section at supermarkets and drive-thru windows of fast food restaurants. Sweets and snacks of every kind can be found in abundance at almost any retail location across the United States and other developed countries.
Such amazing strides have revolutionized how humans work and function on a daily basis. However, due to these transformative accommodations, the amount of daily, required physical labor required for most people is minimal compared to centuries of old. The wholesome ingredients once used in meal preparation have now become too burdensome; a thing of the past. High calorie beverages and sugary delights are commonplace items in schools, sporting events, the workplace, car and home. The combination of these seemingly insignificant factors has created a wide-spread obesity problem and the ever-growing surge of health afflictions we now face as a society.
What health risks are associated with being overweight?
It has long been common knowledge that carrying around excess weight can create an extensive list of unwanted health risks for the human body. Thousands of studies have shown the negative impact of a high body mass index, and the list of health risks keeps multiplying each year, including:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Metabolic disorders
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Liver disease
- Most types of cancer
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Blood clots
- Pulmonary embolism
How does weight affect longevity?
According to the National Institutes of Health, “extreme obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 14 years.” To put that into perspective, it is often said that smoking takes between 10-12 years off of your life. Just as smoking creates a toxic environment within the body, so does harboring additional weight. Many of the body’s systems are required to run on overtime to keep up with the supply and demand to support extra fat cells. This is taxing and can decrease the functionality of vital organs or life-sustaining processes that are necessary for daily living.
How is Healthy YOU Vending helping?
Healthy YOU Vending knows that we live in a world of convenience. We recognize that oftentimes, the demands of a modern lifestyle call for eating on-the-go, and unfortunately most edibles offered nowadays can have detrimental effects on the body. They’re either too processed—stripped of their much-needed nutrients and infused with colors and additives—or the sugar and calorie content is quite substantial—or both.
This is why Healthy YOU Vending is committed to creating awareness and providing real, accessible solutions that easily fit into any fast-paced lifestyle—without compromising your health. The food, snack and beverage options offered in our machines are made from the most wholesome ingredients on the market, while leaving out many of the less desirable additives that lead to weight gain and health risks.
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel” — Author unknown.
How can you get involved?
Be a part of the solution and become a Healthy YOU operator today. Anyone can run a regular vending company, but operating a vending business that focuses on health and well-being is taking the necessary steps to help combat obesity. Join us in our efforts and be the change that leaves a footprint on the road to health, happiness and longevity!
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