The dangers of obesity

Obesity is a huge problem in the UK, as well as in other countries. Researchers believe that one in ten of all adults’


health is at serious risk as a result of being obese. Being overweight, no matter how much, affects both a person’s health and appearance in various different ways, which are discussed below.

Obesity not only affects a person’s physical ability and appearance, but it has other less obvious affects too, such as pressure being put on their immediate family. Obese people struggle to live a life similar to those of a healthy person, as they struggle to remain active. Additionally, morbidly obese people are rarely active at all, therefore putting even more pressure on those around them. This therefore means their families have to increasingly help them on a daily basis, or pay for the help and care of a carer.

The list of health implications for those who are obese is almost never ending, and include:

  • High blood pressure, resulting in tiredness, nose bleeds, kidney damage, poor vision, and a trouble breathing
  • A decreased level of oxygen in the blood
  • Increased chance of heart disease
  • Increased chance of having a stroke
  • Various different cancers
  • Snoring
  • Diabetes
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Gout
  • Restless Legs Syndrome

Generally, a person is deemed obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, with a BMI of 40+ defining a person as morbidly obese. When someone is morbidly obese, there chances of dying from their weight within 10 to 30 years increase dramatically, as their organs find it harder to work as they should, as a result of being put under pressure.

Another consequence of being overweight is the emotional suffering caused to the overweight person and the jibes they undoubtedly face from people each day. This is as a result of the physical appearance of the person changing. When low self esteem and lack of confidence start to surface, the person is often on a downward spiral.

However, even when someone is morbidly obese, they are still encouraged by health professionals to lose weight, and this is because even the smallest weight loss to a person of such a heavy weight can have a positive affect quite quickly. For example, if someone reduces their weight by 10% or more, they become much less likely to get heart disease, or to have a stroke. A person’s blood pressure and cholesterol also reap the benefit of this weight loss, even if as little as 8lbs is lost, for example.

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