Health Conditions Related to Obesity

Obesity-related health conditions can significantly impact a person’s life expectancy. Some of the more common conditions brought on or complicated by obesity include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes. Obese individuals develop a resistance to insulin, which regulates blood sugar. Prolonged high blood sugar causes serious damage to the body.
  • High Blood Pressure/Heart Disease. Excess weight strains the proper functioning of the heart. The resulting hypertension (high blood pressure) can result in strokes and serious heart and kidney damage.
  • Joint Strain and Osteoarthritis. Excess weight placed on joints, particularly the knees and hips, results in rapid wear and tear, along with pain caused by inflammation. Additionally, bones and muscles of the back are continually strained resulting in disc problems, pain and reduced mobility.
  • Sleep Apnea and Respiratory Problems. Fat deposits in the tongue and neck can cause obstruction of the air passage and result in frequent repositioning and sleep loss. Loss of sleep creates daytime drowsiness and headaches.
  • Acid Reflux and Heartburn. When stomach acid escapes into the esophagus through a weak or overloaded valve at the top of the stomach, the result is gastroesophageal reflux, which causes “heartburn” and acid indigestion.
  • Depression. Obese persons face constant emotional challenges often brought on by failed dieting, disapproval from family and friends, and negative reactions from strangers. They may face discrimination at work or in public settings.
  • Infertility. Obesity can cause diminished fertility in both men and women.
  • Urinary Stress Incontinence. A heavy abdomen may cause the valve on the urinary bladder to be weakened, leading to urine leakage with coughing, sneezing or laughing.
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycle. Morbidly obese individuals often experience disruptions, interruptions, abnormal flow and increased pain associated with the menstrual cycle.

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