"An Extra 20 Pounds"
Sarah Reid, RHNC
We all know that extra weight has consequences - both cosmetic and deep beneath the skin. A "mobile lab" put together by a company called CIGNA demonstrates just what an extra 20 pounds can do to an average person's frame - for example, adding 80 extra pounds of stress on the knee joints, winding even the fittest participants, and altering the body's centre of gravity so that general mundane tasks become difficult to manage.
Yet more evidence to support the fight against childhood and adolescent obesity has come about in the field of cancer prevention. Young girls with as few as 15 extra pounds also bear the burden of higher breast and ovarian cancer risks, and for boys, that risk is the same for prostate and testicular cancer. Sleep apnea, snoring, respiratory and cardiovascular problems all correspond with high weight, and the longer you keep an extra pound or two sitting around - especially if it's on your waist - the harder it is to lose and the worse it strains your system.
So go and drag out the scale from the back of your closet and take a look at the numbers. It may only be an "extra few pounds", but it could be an extra few years off your longevity.