Health Risks of Obesity
Health Dangers & Complications of Clinical Obesity or Severe Overweight
Health Risks of Obesity
Short Articles About Obesity and Overweight
Overweight and Obesity - Health Consequences
The primary concern of overweight and obesity is one of health and not appearance. Obesity is a serious disease with serious health risks.
Obesity Health Risks - Premature Death
An estimated 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity.
The risk of death rises with increasing weight.
Even moderate weight excess (10 to 20 pounds for a person of average height) increases the risk of death, particularly among adults aged 30 to 64 years.
Individuals who are obese (BMI > 30) have a 50 to 100% increased risk of premature death from all causes, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.
Obesity Health Risks - Heart Disease
Obesity Health Risks - Diabetes
Obesity Health Risks - Cancer
Obesity Health Risks - Breathing Problems
Obesity Health Risks - Arthritis
Obesity Health Risks - Reproductive Complications & Complications of Pregnancy
Obesity during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of death in both the baby and the mother and increases the risk of maternal high blood pressure by 10 times.
In addition to many other complications, women who are obese during pregnancy are more likely to have gestational diabetes and problems with labor and delivery.
Infants born to women who are obese during pregnancy are more likely to be high birthweight and, therefore, may face a higher rate of Cesarean section delivery and low blood sugar (which can be associated with brain damage and seizures).
Obesity during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of birth defects, particularly neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.
Obesity in premenopausal women is associated with irregular menstrual cycles and infertility.
Obesity Health Risks - Additional Health Consequences
Obesity Health Risks - Children & Adolescents
Source: US Surgeon General
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