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Obesity is a condition that is plaguing our modern society.  Sedentary lifestyles and high fat diets  are causing men, women and children to become overweight and face serious health problems.  Nowadays, virtually every health condition is either caused or worsened by obesity.  Snoring is not a health problem, but it can signify underlying concerns and it can most certainly be caused by excess weight.

When an individual is overweight, additional strain is put on all of the body parts and systems. The excess bulk of some parts of the body, caused by a build up of fatty tissue, can even obstruct with normal bodily functions.

The noise of snoring is produced when the airflow has to force its way through a blocked or obstructed airway. Extra fatty tissues within the nasal cavities can create an airflow obstruction. The front of the neck is an area where excess fluid and fat  tend to accumulate, so the condition becomes even worse when an obese person lies on his or her back to sleep.

If excess weight is a problem, tackling it will bring numerous health advantages.  In addition to a reduction in snoring, you’ll also enjoy increased vitality and better health.

The first thing to do before starting a weight reduction program is to see your doctor for a complete physical check up.  An appropriate check up will determine if you have an undiagnosed metabolic problem that is contributing to your excess weight.  Obesity may also be connected to type II diabetes and high cholesterol levels.  In any of these cases, medication can be taken to help fight the problem.

If no underlying medical problem is found, the best way to lose extra pounds is by modifying your energy equation. Your equation must balance the calorific daily requirements of the body with the sum of the calories consumed, less the calories you burn.  Any change made on one side of an equation must have a corresponding change on the other side. So if we reduce the total number of calories available to the body, either the number of calories consumed has to be lessened or the number of calories burned must be increased.  If only it were that  simple!

Obesity can swiftly become a way of life when food becomes a way of meeting emotional needs, rather than simply fulfilling a physiological need to supply energy.  While obese and overweight  people know that they need to lose weight, not everyone is able to translate that knowledge into productive action.

A number of medicines are available to assist with the obesity problem, ultimately alleviating the snoring.  Some medicines can effectively suppress the appetite, but are not widely recommended because they tend to have unpleasant side effects.  Some drugs act to absorb fat from the food ingested, instead of allowing the body to absorb the fat and the associated calories.

As an alternative to medicinal treatments, many people are turning to surgical procedures to help in their combat against obesity.

Another very serious problem caused by obesity is sleep apnea.  This condition affects breathing during sleep, and can usually stop breathing altogether.  When the survival reflex eventually kicks in to restart the breathing, a very long, noisy and deep  breath is taken.  Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea.

Considering the various health risks associated with obesity, the problem of snoring can pale in comparison and seem rather insignificant.  However, the alleviation of snoring is  one more wonderful side effect of weight reduction.

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