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Risk of Obesity

Overweight individuals are also at risk for developing health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, gout (joint pain caused by excess uric acid) and gallbladder disease. Being overweight can also cause problems such as sleep apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep) and osteoarthritis (wearing away of the joints). Weight-loss can help improve the harmful effects of being overweight. However, many overweight people have difficulty reaching their healthy body weight.


What are the health risks associated with obesity?

There are more than 30 medical conditions that are associated with obesity. Individuals who are obese are at risk of developing one or more of these serious medical conditions, causing poor health or, in severe cases, early death. In fact, more than 112,000 annual deaths are attributable to obesity. The most prevalent obesity related diseases include:

      • Diabetes
      • High blood pressure
      • High cholesterol
      • Heart disease
      • Stroke
      • Gallbladder disease
      • Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems like asthma
      • Cancers (endometrial, colon, kidney, gallbladder)
      • Premature death
      • Postmenopausal breast cancer
      • Complications of pregnancy
      • Menstrual irregularities
      • Hirsutism
      • Stress incontinence 
      • Psychological disorders such as depression

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