Obesity Health Risks

Obesity Health Risks

Almost 40 percent of U.S. adults and 18.5 percent of youth are obese, according to the 2015-2016 findings by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The findings are important because obesity health risks create a number of medical issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Obesity hampers mobility and may have a negative effect on self-esteem.

Definition of Obesity

Obesity in adults is having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more, and extreme obesity is 40+ BMI. In youth (up to age 19), obesity is being at or above the 95th percentile on the CDC growth charts, with extreme obesity at or above the 120 percent mark. BMI is a calculation that is a relationship between height and weight. Many factors influence weight, including family history, eating habits, hormones, lifestyle choices, and psychological factors.

Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic issue defined by eating too much and lack of self-control. Obesity is a progressive disease that may increase due to chronic sleep loss, stress, some medications, pollutants and eating certain types of foods, such as those high in corn syrup, sugar, fat, or processed meats.

Types of Obesity Health Risks

People who are morbidly obese have the greatest risk for developing serious obesity-related medical conditions. Common conditions associated with obesity are:

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Heart disease-related issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, angina, congestive heart failure

  • Stroke

  • Bone and joint problems including arthritis, back and joint pain, knee pain

  • Breathing issues like asthma or sleep apnea

  • Infertility or pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, and C-section delivery

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Gastrointestinal issues

  • Liver disease

  • Kidney disease

  • Stress urinary incontinence

  • Depression and eating disorders

  • Certain types of cancers

  • Skin fold rashes

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease


Finally, morbid obesity increases the risk of dying at a young age due to the many health issues contributed by obesity. 

What to Do About Obesity Health Risks

Many programs are available to help with weight loss. For people who have tried numerous diets and have not been successful in keeping off weight, bariatric surgery may be a solution for weight loss. Many of the benefits of bariatric surgery are related to improvement in other medical conditions as a result of the weight loss. Significant health benefits from surgical weight loss may allow you to:

  • Feel better

  • Have more energy

  • Reduce your cholesterol levels

  • Improve or resolve type 2 diabetes

  • Decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, and gastroesophageal reflux

  • Improve your breathing and mobility

  • Address sleep apnea

You can find out if you’re a candidate for weight loss surgery by talking with your doctor. There are steps you need to take before you have surgery, and a conversation with your doctor provides options for getting to a healthy weight and reducing obesity health risks. Help is possible.

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