Obesity & It's Problems

What is Obesity?

Obesity is the deviation from one's normal weight. It is the excessive accumulation of body fat. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to diagnose if a person is obese.

What Are the Risks of Being Obese?

Other than being aesthetically unpleasant, Obesity poses may health risks that could turn fatal.

  1. Risk of Heart Disease
    Risk of Heart Disease Obese persons are at greater risks of having a heart attack, chest pains, congestive heart failure and sudden cardiac death. The probability of having high blood pressure is doubled. Also, obesity is associated with high triglycerides and lowered HDL cholesterol.
  2. Risk of Stroke
    Risk of Stroke Atherosclerosis, an important pre-condition of many strokes, is caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and lack of exercise. Thus, obesity is now thought of as an important secondary risk factor for strokes.
  3. Risk Type 2 Diabetes
    Risk Type 2 Diabetes Weight gain of 11-18 pounds actually increases a person’s risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Studies show that more than 80% of people with diabetes are actually overweight or obese.
  4. Risk of Cancers
    Risk of Cancers Women who gained more than 20 pounds, or had great weight fluctuations from the age of 18 to midlife double their risk of breast cancer compared to women who have kept a stable weight through the years.
  5. Risk of Lumbar Strain
    Risk of Lumbar Strain Due to the excessive weight, the knee takes on two to three the normal load. This leads to a greater strain on the knee and hips, and may even lead to knee deformities.
  6. Risk of Sleep Apnea
    Risk of Sleep Apnea Obstructive sleep apnea or interrupted breathing during sleeping is very common among obese persons. Other than that, obesity can lead to asthma, bronchitis, hyperventilation and respiratory insufficiency.
  7. Psychological and Social Effects
    Psychological and Social Effects Emotional and psychological scars may just be the most painful effects of obesity. The feeling of being unattractive and unwanted makes obese people shun away from society and hide in their own personal shells.