Obesity and Weight-loss Help


This info comes from an 8 week challenge we present to our members. Because it has great information and tools, we have provided it for anyone who wants additional help. You will find links to tracking sheets, handouts and review notes on the left of this page. Click to view or print.

Now that you have made the decision to live a healthy lifestyle, we want to get you focused on the goal - losing weight for a lifetime.

First of all you should understand WHY you are losing weight. Is it a need or a want? How high on the importance level is it to you? After learning some of the points below, we hope that you see this as nothing less than a top priority for you and something that you must accomplish rather than try to do better at. This can be done. You just have to put it in your mind that you will do it. No excuses. No compromise. Your health and quality of life are at stake. YOU ARE WORTH IT!


Being overweight can lead to serious health problems, as well as shorten your life expectancy.

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension) - a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease
  • Infertility
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Many types of cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Osteoarthritis - a condition that affects the joints
  • Back pain
  • Depression
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Sleep apnoea - a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

If you are obese, you are also more likely to develop complications in pregnancy.

High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of your arteries (large blood vessels) as it is pumped around your body by your heart. If this pressure is too high it puts a strain on your arteries and your heart, which makes it more likely that you will suffer a heart attack, a stroke or kidney disease.

Complications caused by diabetes

If diabetes is not treated, it can lead to a number of different health problems. High glucose levels can damage blood vessels, nerves and organs.
Even a mildly raised glucose level that does not cause any symptoms can have damaging effects in the long-term:
  • Heart disease and stroke If you have diabetes, you are up to five times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Prolonged, poorly controlled blood glucose levels increase the likelihood of atherosclerosis (a condition involving the furring and narrowing of your blood vessels). This may result in a poor blood supply to your heart, causing angina (a dull, heavy or tight pain in the chest). It also increases the chance that a blood vessel in your heart or brain will become blocked, leading to a heart attack or stroke.
  • Nerve damage High blood glucose levels can damage the tiny blood vessels in your nerves. This can cause a tingling or burning pain that spreads from your fingers and toes up through your limbs. It can also cause numbness which can lead to ulceration of the feet. If the nerves in your digestive system are affected, you may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation.
  • Retinopathy Retinopathy is where the retina (the light-sensitive layer of tissue) at the back of the eye is damaged, affecting your vision.
  • Kidney disease If the small blood vessels of your kidney become blocked and leaky, your kidneys will work less efficiently. It is usually associated with high blood pressure. In rare, severe cases, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure and a kidney replacement treatment with dialysis (or sometimes kidney transplantation) will be necessary.
  • Foot problems About 1 in 10 people with diabetes get a foot ulcer, which can cause serious infection.
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Miscarriage and stillbirth

Coronary heart disease (CHD)

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the nations biggest killer.
Why does coronary heart disease happen?
Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart's blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.
Over time, the walls of your arteries can become furred up with fatty deposits. This process is known as atherosclerosis and the fatty deposits are called atheroma.
Atherosclerosis can be caused by lifestyle habits and other conditions, such as:
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Diabetes

By making some simple lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of getting CHD. These include:
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Being physically active
  • Giving up smoking
  • Controlling blood cholesterol and sugar levels

Keeping your heart healthy will also have other health benefits, and help reduce your risk of stroke and dementia.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the term for a wide range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat within the liver cells. It is usually seen in people who are overweight or obese.
NAFLD stage 4: Cirrhosis
At this most severe stage, bands of scar tissue and clumps of liver cells develop. The liver shrinks and becomes lumpy. This is known as cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis tends to occur after the age of 50-60, after many years of liver inflammation associated with the early stages of the disease.
People with cirrhosis of the liver caused by NAFLD often also have type 2 diabetes.
The damage caused by cirrhosis is permanent and can't be reversed. Cirrhosis progresses slowly, over many years, gradually causing your liver to stop functioning.
You are more likely to develop NAFLD if you:
  • Are obese or overweight
  • Have type 2 diabetes (this causes an increased uptake of fat into the liver cells)
  • Are over the age of 50
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol

Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition where the kidneys do not work effectively.
CKD does not usually cause symptoms until reaching an advanced stage. It is usually detected at earlier stages by blood and urine tests.
The main role of the kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood before converting them into urine. The kidneys also:
  • Help maintain blood pressure
  • Maintain the correct levels of chemicals in your body which, in turn, will help heart and muscles function properly
  • Produce a type of vitamin D that keeps bones healthy
  • Produce a substance called erythropoietin, which helps stimulate production of red blood cells

Chronic kidney disease is the reduced ability of the kidney to carry out these functions in the long-term. This is most often caused by the strain placed on the kidneys by other conditions, most commonly diabetes and high blood pressure.
Preventing chronic kidney disease
Some lifestyle changes can also reduce the risk of CKD developing, including:
  • Having a healthy diet
  • Avoiding drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Exercising regularly

Weight Loss Nation Video Series

The video series "The Weight of the Nation" is a very good documentary about how we are negatively affected by the overwhelming increase in our populations body fat percentage. We want you to watch it. See the links above to the left. This is a 4 part series on overweight America. This is good information we believe everyone should know.

Curious about your body fat percentage? We can check it for you.

View the video series below

Part 1: Consequences

Part 2: Choices

Part 3: Children In Crisis

Part 4: Challenges