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With New Year's resolutions in full swing, we wanted to share with you some motivation for your healthy weight goals. Maintaining a healthy body weight not only helps you look and feel better, but it also provides some amazing health benefits. Here's a list of our top 7:

Decreased Breast Cancer Risk

Being overweight can increase your odds of breast cancer by 30 to 60 percent, according to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Surprisingly, abdominal fat is especially dangerous. It can increase risk by 43 percent.

Increased Fertility

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates that 12 percent of infertility cases are because of weight-related issues (half had problems from being underweight, and half from being overweight).

Better Sleep

Excess body fat, particularly belly fat, can interfere with lung function. Maintaining a healthy weight will improve lung function and quality of sleep.

Longer Life

For every 33 pounds of excess weight, the risk of death increases by about 30 percent, according to The Organization for Economic Co‑operation and Development. That means that the lifespan of an obese person could be up to 10 years shorter than that of a person with a healthy weight.

Improved Heart Health

Maintaining a healthy weight will keep arteries clear of plaque buildup. Ultimately, this will lower your risk of heart disease.

Decreased Risk of Diabetes

For people who are overweight, minor weight loss is associated with delaying or preventing diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.

More Motivation to Exercise

Research from The International Journal of Obesity suggests that overweight women’s brains respond negatively to the idea of working out. In comparison, women of a healthy weight are positively motivated by thoughts of exercise.

The practitioners at Allied Medical Centers can help create a safe and effective weight loss plan that's right for you. For more information call 405-603-1121.