People who are obese are sometimes at higher risk for many serious diseases. It’s essential to understand the differences between actual weight-related health risks, and common myths associated with obesity.
Am I obese?
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 35% of women and 31% of men are considered seriously overweight.
Why should I worry?
Obesity is a chronic condition that can result in some of the following diseases:
- Heart Disease – People who are obese are 10x more likely to develop atherosclerosis. Obese people are at higher risk for developing Coronary Artery Disease, Blood Clots, Angina or experiencing a heart attack.
- Type 2 Diabetes – Obesity is the leading cause of Type 2 Diabetes. Typically found in obese adults, Diabetes Type 2 occurs when a person is resistant to insulin, resulting in elevated blood sugar levels.
- High Blood Pressure – When you’re obese, that extra weight can result in an elevated heart rate. Your body can have trouble pushing blood through your blood vessels, putting more pressure on your artery walls and resulting in higher blood pressure.
- Sore Joints – Extra weight can often put extra stress on your knees and hips, resulting in joint pain and the need for joint replacement surgery.
- Sleep Apnea – When you’re overweight, you often experience respiratory problems that constrict breathing, especially at night.
- Cancer – Obese women are at higher risk for endometrial, breast, colon, gallbladder and uterine cancer. Obese men are at higher risk for colon and prostate cancer.
People who are obese are also at higher risk for Stroke, High LDL Cholesterol, Low HDL Cholesterol, Chronic Headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Arthritis, Erectile Dysfunction, Dyslipidemia, Depression and Anxiety.