Obesity brings on very serious consequences to
one’s health. This problem is associated to the evolution
of complications that jeopardize life, such as diabetes,
heart diseases, high blood pressure, cerebrovascular accidents
(apoplexy) and cancer. It also produces cholesterol and
elevated triglycerides (dislipidemy), gastroesophagic reflux,
sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallstones, varicose veins
or phlebitis, mental diseases (dementia), skin diseases,
menstrual cycle irregularities, hisrutism and infertility,
People suffering from morbid obesity are
at an increased risk for some types of cancer; e.g., endometrial,
gallbladder, uterine, cervical, ovary, and breast in females;
colorectal and prostate in males.
Morbid obesity brings with it an increased
risk for a shorter life expectancy. For individuals whose
weight exceeds twice their ideal body weight (that’s
about 4.7 percent of the U.S. population), the risk of an
early death is doubled compared to non-obese individuals.
The risk of death from diabetes or heart attack is five
to seven times greater. Yet an early death is not the only
potential consequence. Social, psychological, and economic
effects of morbid obesity, however unfair, are real and
can be especially devastating.
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