Weight Control: A Man’s Issue

Woman may be under more pressure to stay thin, but the health risks of being overweight are the same for both men and women.

Men are more likely to gain weight around their midsection, and “belly fat” is more harmful than fat stored in other parts of the body. Abdominal fat cells produce hormones and inflammatory agents that can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. A waist of 40 inches or more (35 inches for women) significantly increases the risk for these conditions.

Is it easier for men to lose weight? Men may lose pounds more quickly because they tend to have more muscle, which speeds up their metabolism. However, most experts agree that in the long run, the challenges of losing weight and keeping it off are the same for men as they are for women.

Another serious issue that men face is colon cancer. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-death… 38% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer died from it in 2009.

And why do I bring up colon cancer in a men’s weight control article?

Because being overweight increases your risk for lots of health problems, including colon cancer.

The good news is that regular screening can prevent colon cancer from starting. Screening detects growths on your colon (called polyps) so they can be removed before they turn to cancer. These fecal occult blood tests are typically done once a year. Colonoscopy is a test that requires you to clean your colon the day before the test . Polyps can be removed during this procedure. If no polyps are found, you don’t need another colonoscopy for 10 years. A third test, Sigmoidoscopy, is a visual observation of half your colon by specially trained doctor. This test also requires a clean colon. If nothing is found, you don’t need another sigmoidoscopy for 5 years.

Men: there is hope. With being more active (walking, playing with the kids, picking up a recreational sport), making better food choices (see my recipes:), and regular visits with your doctor, you will be able to control your weight, feel better, and prevent major illnesses from affecting you and your family.

I’m not speaking for myself when I say, us women don’t want to be widowed at young ages.

Let’s take care of the “belly fat”.


2 thoughts on “Weight Control: A Man’s Issue

    • So true, Perry! So true. Especially with college keg parties, to wedding cake, to “helping” your wife by gaining weight with her during pregnancy. Any suggestions from life experiences you want to share? 🙂

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