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Go back to the blog 30.12.2019

Weight Loss Awareness Month - Shed those pounds!

2020 is here, and we are all still feeling the aftermath of too much food and alcohol from the festive season. This is perhaps the reason why January is International Weight Loss Awareness Month; conveniently timed with our New Year’s resolutions for leading healthier and more active lifestyles. As such, we want to share with you the key cons of being overweight, the wonderful pros of losing weight and a series on the best ways to shed those unwanted kilos (or pounds).

Did you know that being overweight can lead to all types of physical and mental ailments? We knew it wasn’t good, but we had no idea it could be so bad:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease & Strokes
  • Increased Risk of Cancer (multiple kinds)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Complications with Pregnancy

It is important to note that this is not just in reference to the obese or morbidly obese. Carrying an unhealthy amount of body fat in any size can lead to negative short and long-term health repercussions.

Healthy body, healthy mind!

We also understand that being overweight can be the result of many different reasons and medical conditions and it is very important to take care of one’s mental health in line with their physical state. The link between a positive mind and body is very strong; by slowly losing weight, it is possible to improve our happiness and outlook on life.

The good news is that, by following a healthy and balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise, it is entirely possible to lose weight and reverse the risk or presence of many of these conditions. We will delve deeper into this topic in the next installment of our Weight Loss Awareness Month blog posts, so stay tuned!

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In the next part of our blog series, we are going to look at not only the benefits of weight loss, but also how you can approach losing weight in a healthy and surgery-free way. You can read the second part here.

Daniel Fiorenza

Daniel Fiorenza

Content & Community Manager

Daniel comes from Zurich, Switzerland. He has a commercial diploma and had several years of professional experience in the travel industry, before moving into insurance in 2013. Within the insurance industry, Daniel has worked extensively in customer service, advising in international health, travel and life insurance, as well as disability and income protection. He is currently completing studies in digital content creation and manages content and community engagement at ASN. Daniel speaks German, English, Spanish, Italian and French, and is passionate about reading and writing.