What are the Health Risks of Obesity?

There are many health risks of obesity, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes (A disease that affects your blood sugar level)
  • High cholesterol levels (High cholesterol raises your risk of heart disease) • High blood pressure
  • Gallstones (Hard, pebble-like pieces of material usually made of cholesterol)
  • Fatty liver disease (A build-up of fat in and around the liver.)
  • Pancreatitis (Inflammation of the pancreas, an organ behind the stomach that makes enzymes to help with digestion and regulate blood sugar)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (A condition that affects how a person breathes while sleeping)
  • Reproductive dysfunction (Problems with fertility or the ability to have children)
  • Stress incontinence (Urinary accidents)
  • Increased pressure in your brain, which leads to headaches (also called idiopathic intracranial hypertension)
  • Joint problems
  • Vertebral disc disease (A condition in which the discs between the joints in the spine break down and weaken. This causes pain the back, neck, arms or legs.)
  • Higher risk of certain cancers, especially breast or colon cancer

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