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
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Cancers – Colon, breast, kidney, esophagus, gallbladder, and pancreas are some of the cancers linked to obesity
- Gallbladder Disease
Breathing Problems Linked to Obesity
- Sleep Apnea
- 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.