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High Risk/Low Reward?

Are you a betting person?  When you venture out to Las Vegas do you play any of the casino games?  Do you participate in any fantasy football leagues?

In sports or casino betting the intention Is usually to come out winning money.  In sports, “odds” are posted before every game and there will be a “favorite” and an “underdog”.  If a team is considered an underdog due to inferior players or coaches compared to the favorite team, betting that underdog will give you more winnings than if you bet the favorite.  Casino games have different “odds” to be a winner with blackjack and craps offering a better chance of winning than other games on the casino floor.

Switching away from sports, “odds” play a roll in the investment world, as placing your $$$ in a blue chip stock fund produces better odds of making money than investing in higher risk international funds.  Ultimately the higher risk can produce potentially higher rewards.

As this is not a blog about sports/casino betting or investing, you knew this was coming, so here goes:  Let’s look at the “odds’ as this pertains to the weight control arena.

An overweight/obese person’s odds of developing the following diseases are much higher than normal weight individuals:

  • Severe Covid disease
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Lung disease
  • Dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Low self confidence

However, as opposed to sports/casino/investing betting where there is a “high risk-high reward” scenario, when we look at poor weight control, there is a “high risk-low reward” situation.  What “win” or “reward” is achieved by being overweight/obese?

We all want to go to casinos and/or invest our money to win money.  Looking at the weight control arena, failure to control weight will increase the odds of losing lots of things aside from money.  Let’s all stay steadfast on our weight control efforts! 

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