Having obesity can severely affect one’s risk of having health problems, and even getting certain illnesses. There’s nothing wrong with having more weight on one’s body, but when it comes to being overweight, and especially being obese, it creates a lot of risks for your health, which needs to be prevented at all costs.
There are thus many social and emotional problems that are related to being overweight or obese, and these include extremely dangerous conditions.
The Dangers of Obesity
The problem with having too much excess fat on your body, especially visceral fat, is that it causes health risks, which eventually leads to illnesses, conditions where one has abnormal cell growth, has too much inflammation in the body, among many other symptoms internally.
These health risks include everything from diabetes to having high blood pressure, getting strokes, having heart disease and many more. If not treated adequately, or in time for that matter, it could cause one to become very ill, and even be fatal in severe conditions.
Type 2 Diabetes
Often overlooked as a disease that isn’t dangerous, type 2 diabetes can become extremely dangerous, if not appropriately treated.
The condition occurs when one’s blood glucose levels are too high. According to statistics, eight out of ten people in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes, due to being overweight or having obesity. Although individuals might be born with it in some cases, most cases are due to living an unhealthy lifestyle.
Type 2 diabetes, if not treated, can cause an imbalance in glucose levels, heart disease, kidney disease, strokes, eye problems, as well as nerve damage.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, cardiac deaths, angina, arrhythmias and heart failure.
When you carry more weight than what is fit for your body, your heart must work harder to pump blood throughout your body, which puts unnecessary strain on your heart.
Heart disease is one of the biggest causes of deaths in people who are either overweight or have obesity.
Having high levels of blood pressure causes your blood vessels to receive blood at a force, rather than naturally, which can stain your heart, damage your blood vessels, as well as put you at risk of getting a heart attack, kidney disease or stroke.
This condition is like a warning against obesity. If you have obesity, you are more likely to have sleep apnoea, which is a condition that causes you to breathe irregularly and can even cause your heart to stop while you sleep. It can cause damage to your heart, as well as put you at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome results in high blood pressure, high glucose levels, having low levels of HDL cholesterol, as well as having visceral fat. It is thus a group of conditions which can cause stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
Having obesity, or even being slightly overweight doesn’t allow you to live life at your fullest and may cause other less common conditions, such as osteoarthritis, gallbladder diseases, fatty liver diseases, cancers, kidney disease and pregnancy problems. Being obese, or overweight, throughout pregnancy, might also cause one’s child to be born with the health conditions listed above.