Dangers of Being Obese | Part Two

How Mobility & Breathing Play Into Quality of Life

A recent study involving a group of obese individuals aged 20–60 revealed that “There was an association between an increase in BMI (which is the tool used to measure obesity) and a decrease in quality of life.” The quality of life was measured with the World Health Organization Quality of Life-Brief instrument, encompassing four aspects: physical, psychological, social, and environmental. Within each aspect, there were areas like pain, fatigue, self-esteem, personal relationships, and leisure as negatively impacted things. There’s without a doubt an inverse relationship between obesity and quality of life. The higher the BMI, the lower quality of life.

And two reversible mechanisms that can attribute to a lower quality of life are a person’s mobility and breathing. Sedentary behavior and obesity go hand in hand, which means mobility is not only limited but progressively limited, meaning at one point, the smallest movements become huge ordeals. And because excess fat builds around an obese person’s neck, chest, and abdomen, that obese person will also have trouble breathing and may suffer from Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome.

Breathing & Obesity

According to a study by Dr. Pierre Brochu, a professor at Université de Montréal’s School of Public Health. “Overweight or obese adults can breathe 7–50% more air per day than an adult with healthy weight does” This strained breathing makes them feel sleepy, sluggish, and almost in a perpetual state of trying to catch their breath. I don’t know about you, but I would not consider my life to be going great if a feeling of sluggishness always loomed over me. And let’s be clear, difficulty breathing is dangerous. And thankfully, an easily accessible thing like exercising can help dissolve this issue. But let me now end this on how limited mobility is a concern as well.

Mobility & Obesity

Developing limited mobility begins with planning your day around how far you can last walking. Something like strolling thru a sprawling mall gets taken off the table. And then, over time, all of a sudden, you’re not leaving your property. In fact, you may need help sitting down or getting up.

From Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences,

“If a patient with obesity is not able to move around at an intensity and frequency required to lose weight or prevent weight gain they are at greater risk of experiencing mobility disability and those patients with impaired mobility will continue to experience restrictions in activities at home, work, school and in the community thereby having a negative impact on their health-related quality of life.”

And the vast majority of obese people are at risk for mobility disability. Which, is why this is one of the dangers of obesity.

Again, both of these conditions can be drastically mitigated or reduced if you implement exercise into your daily routine. Stay tuned for part three.

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