16 May Health Risks Associated with Obesity
Obesity is the medical term used to describe one as having too much body fat. When the body mass index (BMI) is calculated using the weight and height of an individual and the reading is more than 30, then that particular person is defined as being obese.
Certain conditions are associated with obesity and these include the following issues:
- Type 2 diabetes – most people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a condition where insulin that is needed to drive glucose from the bloodstream to the cells, are overweight or obese. Type 2 diabetes can eventually lead to complications such as compromised blood flow throughout the body.
- Cardiovascular diseases – extra weight is likely to cause one’s blood pressure to elevate, leading to a condition known as hypertension, and this can cause complications such as kidney and cardiac failure but also heart attacks and strokes.
- Sleep apnea – this is a breathing condition that is most commonly associated with obesity, even though not everyone who has this condition is obese or even overweight. Apnea is associated with spells of no breathing that can occur for up to 20 seconds at a time and the result is decreased oxygen supply to the body. This condition can lead to increased daytime sleepiness and increase the risk of developing cardiovascular conditions.
- Gallbladder conditions – obesity is caused by consuming more calories than what the body needs to perform its daily activities. High-calorie foods contain cholesterol which can lead to arterial heart disease but also gallbladder issues such as gallstone formation.
- Osteoarthritis – increased body weight can lead to excessive pressure being applied to weight-bearing joints such as those of the back, hips, knees, and ankles. This increased pressure causes the joint spaces to narrow and the cartilage covering the bony aspects then grind against each other causing inflammation in the mentioned spaces. The cartilage eventually wears away exposing the bony aspects of the joint which results in severe pain.
- Gout – this is another condition that affects the joint spaces and occurs when there is too much uric acid circulating in the bloodstream. This product can form crystals and then deposit in the joints causing inflammation and pain.
- Development of certain cancers – obesity has been linked to the development of cancers of the breast (post-menopause), colon, the lining of the uterus (endometrium), and the esophagus. Some studies have also linked the possible development of cancers of the pancreas, ovaries, and gallbladder to obesity.
With a reasonable weight loss of five to 10 percent of one’s body weight, research has shown that obese individuals have a reduced risk of developing the mentioned conditions. Those who do struggle with health conditions related to obesity also benefit from weight loss as this helps to reduce one’s blood pressure and glucose blood levels thereby decreasing the risk of the mentioned complications.
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