So you’re a few pounds overweight. What’s the big deal? Well, first of all, if that’s your attitude, you’re not alone, since more than 1-in-3 adults are now considered overweight or obese. But here are some of the surprising ways being just a few pounds overweight can have a big impact on your life:
Starting with: More migraines. A new study in the journal Neurology shows a direct link between our body mass index and the intensity of our headaches. For example: Obese people are 81% more likely to experience a migraine every other day, compared to people who are at a healthy weight. Researchers say it has to do with the fact that obesity causes inflammation in our blood vessels, which puts more pressure on the nerves around our brain.
Another fact about being overweight: It could be the reason you have a smaller paycheck. Several new studies show a strong link between our waistline and our wage. As an example: Research from the University of Florida shows that, on average, obese people make 15% less than thin people. Experts refer to this as a “fat penalty.” Because when you’re overweight, it impacts your self-esteem and health, which can have an effect on your work performance. Some employers also have a bias against employees who are overweight – assuming they’re lazy.
One more way being overweight can impact your life: It makes you more likely to DIE from cancer. Because think about it: An extra layer of fat doesn’t feel much different from a tumor. So cancers in obese people tend to be discovered and diagnosed at much later stages, when they’re harder to treat. That’s why the National Cancer Institute says at least 8,000 new cancer cases a year could be prevented if more people lost weight.