Obesity and Health Risks

Diseases associated with obesity

Are there any health risks associated with obesity?  YES!

If you weigh 20% more than your ideal body weight you are considered obese and you are at risk of developing many health problems.

Chronic Diseases Linked to Obesity

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancers – Colon, breast, kidney, esophagus, gallbladder, and pancreas are some of the cancers linked to obesity
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gout
  • Asthma

Breathing Problems Linked to Obesity

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Asthma
  • Breathlessness
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism

Obesity has also been linked to interfering with sexual function, mood, and social life.  Studies have been unable to determine if obesity causes depression or if depression causes obesity, but the two conditions are very entwined.

Obesity is not a Permanent Condition

The good news here is that in most instances obesity is not a permanent condition.  Yes, it is a lot harder to lose weight than to gain it. Yes, it is a lot easier to eat fast food than to prepare healthy meals at home. But, in the end…it is possible to lose weight and losing 5-10 pounds can improve some health conditions.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Hello,
    thank you for sharing in-depth article about obesity and health risks. I have to point out, you really explain in detail everything we need to know about obesity and what are health risks. It was very informative article and I really learned a lot. Keep up the good work
    Kind regards

    • Thank you. I still have a lot of information to get added, it is a work in progress. Please visit again to see what’s new.

  2. We are what we eat and there are many person who are having health issues simply because they have ignore the rules of good health. When thid happens then we are in trouble. It does not matter how it may look or smell or even taste we should not consume it. You have written a well detailed post and it is filled with tons of information that will do a whole lo of good with those who are facing this issue.

    • Thank you. I hope to put out more information that will educate people about food, allowing them to make smart decisions. Most people wait until it is too late.

  3. I would agree that obesity is ticking time bomb because if you allow yourself to become obese, then you are at the greatest risk of all the chronic diseases you have listed as well as the breathing problems that you have pointed out.

    I think that the obesity epidemic that is plaguing western countries is now getting out of control, in Australia, where I live, we have two out of every three people are overweight and it’s not getting any better.

    Thankfully, it can be reversed but these people have got to seek help for there is help available but they don’t want to leave it till it gets to a stage where they are so obese that it gets very difficult for them to walk.

    • Adrian I agree with every word, but I didn’t realize Australia was facing the same problem as America. I hope that I can reach a few people through my website. Education is my focus.

  4. Obesity is out of control in this day and age. I’ve always had the weight problem and I’m finally getting it under control. Nothing good can come from being overweight and we all know that, but you make some good points here about what it can do to you. As you age, your health becomes more important and after seeing these risks? I think everyone who’s overweight should take a second or even third look at themselves.

    • Rob thank you for your comment. It is great to hear that you are getting your weight under control, that is a great accomplishment. I was overweight until I was in my late 20s and finally conquered my problem by eating healthier foods. The 80/20 rule works great, try to eat healthy 80% of the time and splurge 20%. What worked for me was eating healthy Monday – Friday, then enjoying the things I shouldn’t eat very often on the weekends.

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