Obesity-related health conditions are health conditions that,
whether alone or in combination, can significantly reduce your life
expectancy. A partial list of some of the more common conditions
follows. Your doctor can provide you with a more detailed and
Obese individuals develop a resistance to insulin, which
regulates blood sugar levels. Over time, the resulting high blood
sugar can cause serious damage to the body.
Excess body weight strains the ability of the heart to function
properly. The resulting hypertension (high blood pressure) can
result in strokes, as well as inflict significant heart and kidney
The additional weight placed on joints, particularly knees and
hips, results in rapid wear and tear, along with pain caused by
inflammation. Similarly, bones and muscles of the back are
constantly strained, resulting in disk problems, pain and decreased
Fat deposits in the tongue and neck can cause intermittent
obstruction of the air passage. Because the obstruction is
increased when sleeping on your back, you may find yourself waking
frequently to reposition yourself. The resulting loss of sleep
often results in daytime drowsiness and headaches.
Acid belongs in the stomach and seldom causes any problem when
it stays there. When acid escapes into the esophagus through a weak
or overloaded valve at the top of the stomach, the result is called
gastroesophageal reflux and "heartburn" and acid indigestion are
common symptoms. Approximately 10-15 percent of patients with even
mild sporadic symptoms of heartburn will develop a condition called
Barrett's esophagus, which is a pre-malignant change in the lining
membrane of the esophagus, a cause of esophageal cancer.
Seriously overweight persons face constant challenges to their
emotions: repeated failure with dieting, disapproval from family
and friends, sneers and remarks from strangers. They often
experience discrimination at work, cannot fit comfortably in
theatre seats, or ride in a bus or plane.
The inability or diminished ability to produce offspring.
Urinary stress incontinence. A large, heavy abdomen and relaxation
of the pelvic muscles, especially associated with the effects of
childbirth, may cause the valve on the urinary bladder to be
weakened, leading to leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing or
Morbidly obese women often experience disruptions of the
menstrual cycle, including interruption of the menstrual cycle,
abnormal menstrual flow and increased pain associated with the
menstrual cycle. These changes can result in an inability to
conceive a child.
Obesity Related Health Conditions
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