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Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity

Posted by IanHealth on June 3, 2009


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, research has shown that as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as “overweight” and “obesity,”* the risks for the following conditions also increase:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia (e.g, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Stroke
  • Liver and Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)

*Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher; obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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