Excess Weight and Problems

Being obese or overweight can increase the risk of developing a range of serious diseases. The risks rise with BMI, and so are greater for obese individuals .Body Mass Index (BMI)  is a strong predictor of mortality among adults. Overall, moderate obesity (BMI 30-35 kg/m2) was found to reduce life expectancy by an average of three years, while morbid obesity (BMI 40-50 kg/ kg/m2) reduces life expectancy by 8-10 years. Obsesity  reduces life expectancy by an average of three years, or eight to ten years in the case of severe obesity (BMI over 40). Around 8% of annual deaths in Europe (at least one in 13) have been attributed to overweight and obesity. The cost to the UK economy of overweight and obesity was estimated at £15.8 billion per year in 2007, including £4.2 billion in costs to the NHS. The health factors that are associated with obesity are alarming. Despite increasing national and local attention, the epidimics of in many countries continues to increase. For instance, about 94 million adults in the United States are either overweight or obese. In Pennsylvania, 28.5% of our population is currently obese. In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20%. Now, all but one does.

Overweight and obesity are proven risk factors for:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Venous Stasis Disease
  • Sleep apnea  and other respiratory illness
  • Certain Cancers: uterine, breast, colorectal, kidney, and gallbladder

 Obesity is also associated with:

  • Fertility issues
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Hormone Abnormalities
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Psychological disorders (depression)
  • Increased surgical risk
  • Increased risk of death                                                             

Obesity increased the risk of Diabetes 20 times and substantially boosted the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and gallstones. Among people who were overweight or obese, there was a direct relationship between BMI and risk: the higher the BMI, the higher the likelihood of disease.

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