The consequences of obesity on your health

The consequences of obesity on your health

Since 1980, worldwide obesity has doubled, according to the World Health Organization. In 2014, there were over 600 million obese adults on the planet. Anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over is considered to be obese.Do you know the consequences of obesity on your health? Read on to find out.

  1. High blood pressure is not a benign condition. It increases your risk of having a stroke or a heart attack, both of which can be fatal. According to this study, excess weight is responsible for 65% to 75% of cases of high blood pressure.
  2. Having heart disease is dangerous for your health. For example, it increases your risk of having a heart attack, which can be fatal.How can you protect yourself from heart disease? By losing weight! According to one study, obesity is one of the key risk factors behind this health condition.Obese men under the age of 40 are particularly at risk of developing heart disease.
  3. Many people who are obese have trouble breathing after doing a bit of exercise. Sometimes this problem is caused by heart failure, a health condition that occurs when the heart fails to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands.According to this study, 11% of cases of heart failure among men and 14% among women are caused solely by obesity.
  4. Sleep apnea can have a real impact on quality of life, as well as making sufferers more susceptible to other health problems such as high blood pressure.A study has also revealed that the thicker a person’s neck (the larger the neck circumference), the more at risk they are of suffering from sleep apnea.
  5. Drowsiness has various causes, such as not getting enough sleep, waking up during the night and—obesity! According to this study, 52.7% of obese patients suffered from drowsiness compared to 30.9% of those who had a healthy weight.
  6. Are you a man? Have you been trying for months to have a child with your partner? If you are obese, this may be the reason behind your infertility.If this study is correct, the low levels of testosterone and reduced spermatogenesis found in most obese men can cause infertility.
  7. Not all obese women are infertile. However, obesity is recognized as being one of the key factors that can prevent women from getting pregnant.Researchers involved in this study discovered that obesity has an impact on the menstrual cycle—and a disrupted menstrual cycle makes it more difficult to conceive a child.
  8. There are many things that might cause a miscarriage. Sometimes the exact cause is never discovered. To reduce the risk of miscarriage, obese women should lose weight.As part of this study, researchers discovered that obese women, compared to other women, were at a higher risk of miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy, as well as having a higher risk of recurrent miscarriage.
  9. Erectile dysfunction is something that terrifies many men. It seems, according to this study, that one of the best ways to protect yourself from this health problem is by getting active and losing weight.In fact, researchers discovered that the greatest risk factors when it comes to erectile dysfunction are tobacco and obesity. Conversely, the more men exercise, the lower their risk.
  10. Eating too much sugary food is not the only cause of type 2 diabetes. According to this study, adults with a body mass index of over 40 are 7.37% more likely to receive a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
  11. Looking to increase your level of good cholesterol and reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood? Try losing weight!People who are obese tend to have lower than average levels of good cholesterol and higher concentrations of bad cholesterol than the rest of the population.By losing just 10 kg (22 lb.), you can reduce your bad cholesterol by as much as 15% and increase your good cholesterol by up to 8%.
  12. Almost half of all adults will suffer from acid reflux at one time or another. While acid reflux tends to be caused by diet and stress, obesity also has a role to play.Compared to the rest of the population, those who are obese have a higher risk of experiencing the symptoms of acid reflux, erosive esophagitis or esophageal cancer, according to this study.
  13. Few people are aware of the link between asthma and obesity. However, in this study, researchers found that obesity, as well as being a major risk factor for asthma, makes it harder to control this respiratory condition.In most cases, obese asthmatics need only to lose weight in order to see a reduction in their symptoms.
  14. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease appears when there is too much fat in the liver. This health problem can end up causing cirrhosis, even if patients have never drunk a drop of alcohol in their lives.Obesity is one of the key risk factors for this condition. According to this study, most people with obesity suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  15. Those who are obese or who eat a diet made up of calorie-rich foods have a higher risk of getting gallstones at some point in their life.However, gallstones can often by symptomless. Patients often only notice them during a crisis, when they feel intense pain on the right-hand side of the abdomen.
  16. Chronic kidney disease, which is the gradual loss of kidney function, sometimes leads to patients having to undergo dialysis or even a kidney transplant. The problem with this condition is that it can sometimes be silent, at least during the first few years.While chronic kidney disease may be caused by a more serious condition, it also tends to be caused by morbid obesity, according to this study.
  17. Around 10% of non-smokers who die of cancer are obese. This percentage is even higher in the case of endometrial cancer, according to this study.The American Cancer Society estimates that obesity also increases the risk of developing breast, colorectal, esophageal, kidney and pancreatic cancers.Luckily, in many cases, simply getting back to a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing cancer.
  18. As we age, we are more likely to suffer from a range of health problems. One of the most common is arthritis. Everyone is susceptible to being affected by this chronic condition. However, according to one study, seniors with weight issues are more at risk of developing arthritis at some point in their life.
  19. According to information provided by the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease has become one of the leading causes of death in the world over the past few years. One of the reasons behind this increase is the higher number of obese people on the planet.There is a simple link between obesity and cardiovascular disease. The higher a person’s BMI, the more likely they are to develop cardiovascular disease.
  20. Want to live longer? Then get active and try to maintain a healthy weight. Those who are obese, particularly those with type 2 or 3 obesity (with a BMI of over 35), have a higher mortality rate than the rest of the population, regardless of their cause of death, according to this study. In other words, obesity reduces your life expectancy.


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