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    Numbers Game: Answer

    sad-little-heart-wahh-wahhA gain of twenty pounds (of fat, not muscle) over one’s ideal body weight results, on average, in a 30 percent increase of triglycerides and an average decrease of HDL cholesterol of 8 percent.

    I always find statistics like these to be quite powerful since they illustrate the health consequences of carrying excess weight, regardless of the type of foods that led to said weight gain.

    This also helps to understand why weight management is crucial.  Once weight increases, the dominoes of health problems begin to fall, which can set off quite an undesirable chain of events.

    Increased triglycerides (that’s a type of fat in the blood) are a significant risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis (the hardening of fatty plaque in the arteries) and therefore pose a threat to cardiac health.

    Add to that a simultaneous decrease in HDL levels (the cholesterol that has protective effects) and you have a recipe for a cardiovascular system that has its work cut out for itself.

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