New re­search is a real eye-opener

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Most Scots are well aware that obe­sity can lead to the de­vel­op­ment of a whole host of is­sues such as heart dis­ease, stroke and kid­ney problems. Now new re­search has shown over­weight young adults could also be dam­ag­ing their eye­sight.

The link is not im­me­di­ately clear, but it ap­pears high pres­sure within the brain causes the prob­lem.

In the most ex­treme cases pa­tients have even de­vel­oped ir­re­versible sight loss.

One might fondly imag­ine that the find­ings would re­sult in many peo­ple al­ready classed as obese be­ing en­cour­aged to shed some pounds.

Sadly, the num­ber of scare sto­ries al­ready out there – not to men­tion the enor­mous bur­den be­ing placed on the NHS – has not been enough to con­vince some of the ben­e­fits of healthy eat­ing and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

It all leaves one won­der­ing just what it will take to make peo­ple change their habits.

As with ex­ces­sive drink­ing and smok­ing, one could hardly say peo­ple are not well warned of the po­ten­tial dan­gers of over-in­dulging.

In keep­ing with many health is­sues, the pri­mary treat­ment is to lead a healthy lifestyle and work to­wards an ap­pro­pri­ate BMI.

The new re­search is cer­tainly in­ter­est­ing and worth­while – whether or not it en­cour­ages peo­ple to change their ways re­mains to be seen.

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