Obesity is a complex health condition that can be a gateway to further diseases and medical complications. Individuals struggling with obesity often struggle with one or more related health conditions and are at a higher risk of experiencing certain health complications.
Let’s take a look at some of them.
Coronary heart disease, hypertension, and stroke are more prevalent among people who struggle with obesity than those with healthier body weight. Fatty deposits tend to accumulate in the blood vessels supplying blood to the heart, which then increases the risk of a heart attack or heart failure.
The blockage of arteries can also lead to blood clots, raising their chances of getting a stroke. In one review, it was observed that obesity increased the risk of stroke and that individuals struggling with obesity were more likely to experience this health complication.
Moreover, obesity also results in high blood pressure. The extra fat tissue surrounding arterial walls and heart muscle causes the heart to pump blood more vigorously. This inserts extra pressure on the arterial walls and can lead to hypertension. High blood pressure further increases the risk of heart disease.
There’s usually more than one cause of cancer, and obesity has been found to be one of the factors contributing to certain cancers.
While the link between obesity and cancer requires further research, studies have shown that certain types of cancers are associated with obesity or being overweight. One population-based study found that 72,000 cases of cancer in women and 28,000 cases of cancer in men had a direct or indirect connection with obesity. These included cases of breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, and gallbladder cancer.
Obesity doesn’t just affect your physical health. It also impacts your mental health and can put you at risk of major depressive disorders.
Studies have shown that people who struggle with obesity also often experience feelings of intense sadness, shame, guilt, and lack of self-worth. They may also experience discrimination based on their body shape and size. This can lead to depression, which may also put them at risk of other mental disorders such as eating disorders or generalized anxiety disorder.
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