Obesity Risks

Obesity is a growing health problem that affects many people in the arab world. Obesity is bad for our health for many reasons:

  • Obesity is the number one cause of type 2 diabetes. The chances of getting diabetes increases more than tenfold if your body weight is higher than normal.
  • Excessive weight gain increases the risk of developing high blood pressure. It is estimated that over 25 per cent of hypertensive cases are due to increased body weight. Loosing weight can help normalize your blood pressure.
  • Obesity is bad for your heart. It increases the risk of ischemic heart diseases and heart attack. Abdominal obesity or belly fat is the worst problem that can affect health of your heart.
  • Obese can be a cause of obstructive sleep apnea. It is a respiratory problem in which breathing is stopped intermittently during sleep. As a result, oxygen supply to the brain is cut off hundreds of time during sleep. It can cause many health problems such as bad memory, poor concentration and hypertension.
  • Overweight is associated with high levels of cholesterol. It increases the levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL).
  • Obesity can cause acid reflux. Acid in the stomach is leaked backwards into the esophagus causing heart burn.
  • People with obesity have greater risk of getting gout.Gout is a medical problem that affects joints. It causes painful arthritis that can affect toes, ankles, and other joints. The reason for joint inflammation is deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint cavity.
  • The lifetime risk of breast and colon cancer is high among obese people.
  • Overweight can aggravate osteoarthritis. It is a common joint problem due to wear and tear. Increased body weight puts more stress on joint surfaces causing damage.
  • Morbid Obesity is an independent risk factor of Heart failure. That means, even if you are healthy otherwise, being fat places you at risk of developing congestive cardiac failure.