Health risks related to obesity

Weight loss can improve or resolve many of these conditions:

  • Abnormal periods and infertility
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer — breast, uterine, colon, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, prostate
  • Diabetes
  • Gallstones
  • Gout
  • Heart disease
  • Inflamed veins and blood clots
  • Lung disease — asthma, blood clots in lungs
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Urinary incontinence
Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or down in the dumps for more than a few days. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.

Diabetes is a lifelong disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. It can be caused by the body producing too little insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar), the body not responding properly to insulin, or both. Most people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Nearly 37 million people in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, which is a strong risk factor for developing diabetes later in life.

Gallbladder disease
Gallbladder disease includes inflammation, infection, stones or blockage of the gallbladder. 

Heart disease
Heart disease is any disorder that impacts the heart’s ability to function normally. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. 
High cholesterol
High cholesterol (lipids) is when you have higher amounts of fat, like cholesterol and trigylercides, in your blood. Having a lipid disorder makes you more likely to develop heart disease.

High blood pressure
Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Hypertension (high blood pressure) is when your blood pressure frequently goes over 130/80 mm Hg.

Joint pain
Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease causing the wear and tear of joint cartilage (the softer parts of bones that provide cushion between joints) and the development of new bone (bone spurs).

Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. Symptoms of sleep apnea may include snoring, breathing pauses, choking noises during sleep and feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep. However, some people may not notice any symptoms. Even if you do not notice symptoms, it still can be dangerous.




Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)


Abdominal Wall Hernia

Sleep Apnea