Obesity: Know Your Health Risks
Obesity is a known risk factor for chronic diseases mainly - heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers.
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Certain cancers
Family history: People with close relatives who have had heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer are more likely to develop these problems if they are obese.
Non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: Nearly 80 percent of these patients are obese.
Gallbladder disease: The incidence of gallstones increases as your body mass index (BMI) goes beyond 29. (The BMI is found by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared.).
Heart disease: Nearly 70 percent of diagnosed cases of cardiovascular disease are related to obesity.
High blood pressure: Obesity more than doubles your chance of developing high blood pressure.
Breast and colon cancer: Almost half of breast cancer cases are diagnosed among obese women; and nearly 42 percent of estimated colon cancer cases are diagnosed among obese individuals.
Besides the risk factors mentioned above, there are certain other features of being overweight, such as:
- Low self esteem and self confidence
- Social inhibitions
- Other emotional problems
- Eating disorders such as alternate binging, compulsive eating and starvation (anorexia)
- More prone to imbalance and accidents
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Digestive disorders such as constipation
- Decrease in physical activity and difficulty in movement