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Risks of obesity
5 Oct, 2017

Obesity can be seen to cause a number of health issues, from just making daily life more difficult to serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Some of the common problems caused by obesity can include:

  • Increased perspiration (sweating)
  • fatigue
  • joint pain
  • back pain
  • snoring
  • breathing difficulties.

Obesity doesn’t just have a physical impact. Individuals also experience psychological implications as well. These can include low confidence, low self-esteem, isolation, panic attacks and depression. These associated conditions can affect relationships with loved ones, family, friends, work colleagues; and can also impact on wider aspects of a persons’ life.

Serious health conditions

Obesity can also lead to a wide variety of more serious health conditions. The more overweight a person becomes, the higher the risk of certain complications.

Obesity carries a higher risk of developing or experiencing the following:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • asthma
  • some forms of cancer
  • heart disease
  • strokes
  • atherosclerosis (the narrowing of the arteries due to fatty deposits)
  • sleep apnoea (a serious sleep condition where the person affected may stop breathing for a certain length of time whilst sleeping)
  • fertility problems
  • complications during pregnancy
  • a reduced overall life expectancy of around 3-10 years (on average).

Some data suggests that it might matter where you carry your weight when correlating the risk of certain conditions in relation to body mass. For instance, carrying your weight around the stomach may carry more health risks than carrying it around the hips and buttocks.

It’s also worth noting that while obesity does mean an increased risk of these conditions, a family history in any of the aforementioned conditions will likely mean an increased risk of developing them. Obesity affects different people in different ways and it is important that if you decide to make lifestyle changes and take action to lose weight, that you are supported and advised by a professional according to your individual needs.

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Written by Mr Ahmed Hamouda

Mr Ahmed Hamouda is The Director of Weight Loss Surgery Kent. He is a highly trained and experienced Consultant Bariatric and General Surgeon.
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