Obesity (being more than 20% over your healthy weight) can complicate many diseases as well as increase the likelihood of developing certain conditions. However, not all people with these conditions are obese, and not all obese people will go on to contract health problems such as these. Diseases are complex, and often develop from a culmination of different risk factors such as lifestyle or family history. However, people who are obese are at much greater risk of developing these health problems or worsening existing health issues such as these:
Type 2 Diabetes
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Fatty liver disease
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Certain types of cancer (colorectal, endometrial and breast cancer)
What Can You do to Lower These Risks?
The best way to lower your risk of developing these health problems is to eat a healthy, balanced diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking or drinking in excess. If you are obese or overweight, try your best to lose enough weight to fall into a healthy range for your height. If you are having problems losing weight on your own, talk to your doctor (or one of ours!) today for help, such as a referral to a dietitian or individualized medical advice.
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