Nov 16, 2021
The Most Common Negative Health Effects Due to Obesity
Let me start this article with a warning – this will be one of the most strongly-worded and brutally straightforward articles I have written. I have spent my entire 36-year career working to help patients recapture their health. Unfortunately, during this 36-year time span, I have seen obesity become a bigger and bigger problem.
Today, obesity is the main cause or a contributing cause, to almost all maladies our population suffers with. Even worse, obesity is now a contributing factor in almost all childhood diseases, something that was not even a concern just 30 years ago.
When we talk about negative health effects of obesity, the only difference between a negative health effect and death, is time. This means obesity is going to cause negative health effects right up until obesity kills the person. No one can trick obesity, no one can hide obesity, and no one can avoid the brutal effects of obesity.
I hope I have your attention. Let’s review the most common negative effects due to obesity on our health:
- High Blood Pressure – also called hypertension, is when blood flow through our blood vessels is under greater force than normal. High blood pressure strains our heart, damages our blood vessels, and raises the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and death.
- Type 2 Diabetes – is a disease where blood glucose, aka blood sugar, is too high. Over 8 out of 10 people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. High glucose levels leads to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, nerve damage and death.
- Heart disease – the term heart disease covers a number of maladies that can affect our heart. If we have heart disease, we may see it manifest as a heart attack, heart failure, sudden cardiac death, angina, or abnormal heart rhythm.
- Stroke – if the blood supply is suddenly cut off to the brain, a stroke occurs. This can be caused by a blockage or the bursting of a blood vessel in our brain or neck. Strokes can damage brain tissue and make us unable to speak or move parts of our body. High blood pressure, often caused by obesity, is the leading cause of strokes.
- Sleep apnea – is a condition where we do not breathe regularly while we sleep. Sleep apnea may cause the sufferer to completely stop breathing for short periods of time. These breathing difficulties can lead to other health problems such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Fatty Liver disease – this is a condition where fat builds up in the liver. Fatty liver disease may lead to severe liver damage, cirrhosis or even liver failure.
- Kidney disease – this means our kidneys are damaged and can not filter blood like they should. Obesity raises the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, the most common causes of kidney disease. Even in the absence of diabetes or high blood pressure, obesity may promote kidney disease and hasten the progress of the disease.
- Emotional and social problems – obesity is associated with mental health problems such as loneliness, self-isolation, and depression. Overweight or obese people can be the subject of weight bias and stigma from others. These social evils can lead to feelings of rejection, shame, and guilt.
- Osteoarthritis – is a common and painful condition that causes swelling and reduced motion in our joints. Being overweight or obese greatly raises the pressure on joints and connective tissues, increasing the likelihood or osteoarthritis.
I have touched on only 9 out of many dozens of negative health effects of being obese. Over 70% or our population falls into the overweight or obese categories. As a nation, we must rein in this deadly proliferation of weight. There are no short cuts and there are no miracle pills we can take to magically eliminate fat from our bodies. Please, seek a weight loss program with a proven track record of helping people lose weight. Do it today. Be Blessed.
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