Unhealthy vs. Obese
All three of these factors have their own equally serious set of health-related risks. Let’s have a look at some of these risks.
What are the Risks of Alcohol Consumption?
Moderate consumption of alcohol has its health benefits and drawbacks. However, heavy drinking is detrimental to one’s health. Some negative effects associated with large amounts of alcohol are the increased risk of:
- Neuropsychiatric impairment
- Early-Onset Dementia
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Liver disease
Chronic alcohol abuse and alcoholism are also major risks capable of damaging nearly every organ and system in the body.
Note: The relationship between alcohol and weight is not yet resolved conclusively. But from what has been conducted so far, few studies show weight loss from drinking in comparison to how many show weight gain.
What are the Risks of Smoking?
Cigarette smoking has detrimental effects on one’s health. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, outranking HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol, motor vehicle injuries, and firearm-related incidents combined, causing 9 out of 10 deaths brought on by lung cancer. Smoking also causes an increased risk of several life-threatening health issues, such as:
- Coronary heart disease (2 to 4 times increase in risk)
- Stroke (2 to 4 times increase in risk)
- Lung cancer (25 times increase in men, 25.7 times increase in women)
- Respiratory diseases – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Poor bone health
- Bladder, blood, cervix, colon, liver, and stomach cancers
Learn more: Here is why you should quit smoking if you are obese
What are the Risks of Obesity?
Obesity is measured by Body Mass Index (BMI), a formula that divides weight by height. An ideal BMI for adults is under 25. BMI of higher than 25 is considered overweight, while a BMI of over 30 is considered obese. Obesity can cause health-related problems like:
The social stigma of being “fat” and how it affects all aspects of life, including sex life, are also important to note.
COVID-19 magnified the global obesity problems
Unhealthy Countries vs. Healthiest Countries
According to research, Afghanistan was reported as the healthiest country, with a 2.7% obesity rate. On the other hand, Samoa is ranked first for obesity, with 41.6% of the population obese. The Czech Republic is the unhealthiest country in the world, mainly due to alcoholism.
The United Kingdom came 19th on the list overall as Britons (British people) are the 9th heaviest drinkers in the world. Canada was placed 14th for its 30% obesity rate.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced countries to embrace strict measures, such as quarantine and lockdowns. The social isolation led to excessive use of addictive substances, such as alcohol/tobacco and cannabis.
While alcohol, smoking, and obesity are big risks to everybody’s health, they are not all we should look out for. Our overall health is affected by a large array of factors, including:
- Physically active vs. sedentary lifestyle
- Sugar intake
- Stress management
- Sleep habits
- Sun exposure
- Hereditary issues
- Work environment
But this definitely does bring to light just how serious a risk different lifestyle habits, not just excess weight, can place your health and life at serious risk.
Overview: According to research, Afghanistan was reported as the healthiest country with a 2.7% obesity rate. On the other hand, Samoa is ranked first for obesity with 41.6% of the population being obese. The Czech Republic is the unhealthiest country in the world, mainly due to their alcohol consumption. The United Kingdom came 19th on the list overall as Britons are the 9th heaviest drinkers. Canada was placed 14th for its 30% obesity rate.