In today’s society where looks matter the most, people think that obesity is an appearance matter. Little do they know that it’s a medical concern and can affect people’s health. If you’re carrying many extra pounds, you have an above average risk of whopping 50 different health problems. These problems go way beyond the usual ones like diabetes and heart diseases. It also results in joint pain, sleep, mood and energy level fluctuation.
We’ve enumerated some points below to give you a glimpse of the
possible effects of being overweight on your health. Let’s have a look:
High Blood Pressure: Additional fat tissues require
oxygen and nutrients to live in. The blood vessels circulate more blood
for the same. This increases the workload on the heart, hence increasing
Diabetes: Obesity can cause resistance to insulin,
the hormone that regulates blood sugar. When obesity causes insulin
resistance, the blood sugar becomes elevated. Even moderate obesity
dramatically increases the risk of diabetes.
Heart Diseases: Atherosclerosis (hardening of the
arteries) is present 10 times more often in obese people compared to
those who are not obese. Coronary artery disease is also more prevalent
because fatty deposits build up in arteries that supply the heart.
Narrowed arteries and reduced blood flow to the heart can cause chest
pain (angina) or a heart attack. Blood clots can also form in narrowed
arteries and cause a stroke.
Joint Problems: Obesity can affect the knees and hips because of the stress placed on the joints by extra weight.
Sleep Apnea and Respiratory Problems: Sleep apnea,
which causes people to stop breathing for brief periods, interrupts
sleep throughout the night and causes sleepiness during the day. It also
causes heavy snoring. Respiratory problems associated with obesity
occur when added weight of the chest wall squeezes the lungs and causes
Cancer: In women, being overweight contributes to an
increased risk for a variety of cancers including breast, colon,
gallbladder, and uterus. Men who are overweight have a higher risk of
colon and prostate cancers.
Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome: Obesity
hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) is a breathing disorder that affects some
obese people. In OHS, poor breathing results in too much carbon dioxide
(hypoventilation) and too little oxygen in the blood (hypoxemia). In
extreme cases, can also lead to death.
Reproductive Problems: Obesity can cause menstrual issues and infertility in women.
Gallstones: People who are overweight or obese are
at increased risk of having gallstones. Also, being overweight may
result in an enlarged gallbladder that doesn’t work well.
Now that you have a heads up about the problems associated with
overweight, in case you’ve been facing one of them, it’s time you start
acting on them. You may have been delaying accepting the facts, but it’s
better if you work on them now. Being overweight is just not a cosmetic
condition. It also affects the health and people fail to recognize it.
Battling it is not impossible. Start today. May the forces be with you!