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How Can Obesity Affect Your Life?

Obesity occurs when a person’s weight rises over what is considered healthy. Being overweight is an illness that may have devastating effects on health. Extreme obesity increases a person’s risk of developing other illnesses.

Some persons may have poor health due to the interaction of certain conditions with fat. This may result in a lowered standard of living, incapacity, or even fatality.

How Can Obesity Affect Your Life

How obesity Impact on body and health?

Overweight people often struggle with health problems and other issues that affect their quality of life.
  • Diabetes and Obesity

Type 2 diabetes is strongly linked to obesity. Unhealthy levels of glucose in the blood are what causes diabetes. A person’s chance of having high blood sugar is around ten times greater if they are obese. With type 2 diabetes, your possibility of death becomes nearly double.

Loss of limbs (amputations), heart disease, stroke, blindness, high blood pressure, nerve damage and numbness, etc. are all possible complications of type 2 diabetes.

  • Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

Obesity is cited as a key contributor to cardiovascular disease. Obesity is associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Extremely obese people are at increased risk for cardiovascular problems.

The risk of heart failure is raised by obesity. There is a correlation between extreme obesity and cardiac rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias or irregular heart rate). These arrhythmias may triple the risk of cardiac arrest (the heart stops beating).

  • Obesity and Cancer

An estimated 90,000 annual cancer deaths may be attributed to obesity. Increases in both cancer incidence and mortality rate are shown in correlation with rising BMIs. Such malignancies consist of:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Postmenopausal breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Obesity, Depression, and Quality of Life

A person’s ability to control their emotions is hampered by obesity. A lack of drive and interest in usual activities is a common side effect of depression. Gaining weight might be the end outcome.

It’s not easy to free yourself from a predicament if you’re being held hostage by more than one difficulty. A person’s heart, knees, and hips all suffer when overweight.

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    • Obesity and Sexual & Social Life

    Males with obesity often have erectile dysfunction (E.D). In males aged 40–70, 53% have erectile dysfunction. Excessive fat in the body may lead to erectile dysfunction by damaging blood vessels, lowering testosterone levels, and triggering a systemic inflammatory response.
    • Obesity and Lung Function/Respiratory Disease

    A person’s ability to take deep breaths is negatively impacted by fat. They have restricted lung capacity and can’t take deep breaths. Infections of the respiratory system (the lungs), asthma, and other breathing problems pose a greater threat to these patients. People who are overweight are three times as likely to get asthma.

    50–60% of the obese population suffers from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In extreme situations of obesity, this percentage exceeds 90%. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (OSP) is a life-threatening condition. Obstructive sleep apnea develops when excess fat in the neck, throat, and tongue closes up airways while the person is sleeping.

    • Obesity and Musculoskeletal Disorders

    Disorders of the bones and joints are exacerbated by obesity. These problems may make it more likely that someone will be hurt in an accident. Possible causes of bone and joint problems are:

    • Back pain
    • Disc herniation
    • Illnesses affecting the joints (arthritis)
    • Spinal disorders

    Confusion, disorientation, headache, and vision issues are all symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri, a disorder that raises intracranial pressure.

    Obesity and Other Conditions

    • Alzheimer’s disease: Obesity in middle age has been linked to an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which impair memory and cognitive function in older people.
    • Kidney Failure: Key contributors to kidney disease and kidney failure include hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure. Obesity contributes to or exacerbates certain health problems.
    • Liver Disease: Fatty liver and non-alcoholic liver disease are strongly associated with obesity. Fatty liver disease is common among the morbidly obese. Scarring of the liver from fatty liver disease may decrease liver function and eventually lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.
    • Other life-threatening issues: A woman’s risk of experiencing complications, including miscarriage, gallbladder illness, pancreatitis, and other digestive system disorders, rises when she has diabetes or high blood pressure.
    • Other issues that affect the quality of life: Stress due to urine incontinence (leaking), ovarian enlargement (and hence infertility), and skin fold rashes.


    Almost every system in the body suffers from the effects of obesity. Many risks associated with being overweight may be reduced or eliminated by combining dietary and physical activity improvements and other behavioral interventions.

    The chance of acquiring certain health problems may be lowered by losing about 5 to 10 percent of your body weight. Ensure to consult with your doctor.

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