If you’re carrying many extra pounds with you in your body, you face a higher than average risk of a whopping 50 different health problems. These health conditions include the nation’s leading causes of death heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers as well as less common ailments such as gout and gallstones. Perhaps even more compelling is the strong link between excess weight and depression, because this common mood disorder can have a profound, negative impact on your daily life.
Overweight is not just a cosmetic problem. It's a health hazard. Someone who is 37% overweight is twice as likely to die prematurely as is an average weight person. This is because obesity has been linked to several serious medical conditions, including:
Heart disease and stroke
High blood pressure
Gallbladder disease and gallstones
Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for a short time during sleep)
Extra weight or more heavy body makes you more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Both of these conditions make heart disease or stroke.
You can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing extra weight, eating a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, and exercising more.
Gallbladder disease and gallstones are more common if you are overweight.
If you have type 2 diabetes, losing weight and becoming more physically active can help control your blood sugar levels. Becoming more active may also reduce your need for diabetes medications.
A hernia is caused when the hole in the diaphragm weakens and enlarges.
Fatty liver disease is a reversible condition in which large pockets of fat accumulate in liver cells.
Depression is a condition where a person feels miserable constantly, even to the point of being suicidal. It can be worse for someone who also has a weight problem.
Gout occurs when uric acid accumulates in your blood. Nerve endings then become irritated, causing extreme pain, which is made worse by carrying extra weight.
Because of the rapid increase in excess body weight in adults, as well as in adolescents and children in many world countries, it has been regarded as a pandemic.
Moreover, the overall life expectancy is significantly shortened and the quality of life decreased in those who are excessively overweight.