What are the Consequences of Obesity?

If you are obese, severely obese, or morbidly obese, it can lead to developing life threatening illnesses. There are three different types of risks that may be evident: 

  1. Major health risks
  2. Psychological and social well-being risks
  3. Day-to-day living difficulties

1. Major health risks

The major health risks associated with obesity include: 

  • Shorter life expectancy compared to people of normal weight. Obese people have a 50% to 100% increased risk of dying prematurely.
  • Obese people have more risk for:
    • Diabetes (Type 2)
    • Joint problems (for example, arthritis)
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • Gallbladder problems
    • Certain types of cancer (for example, breast, uterine, colon)
    • Digestive disorders (for example, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GORD)
    • Breathing difficulties (for example, sleep apnea, asthma)
    • Psychological problems (for example, depression)
    • Problems with fertility and pregnancy
    • Urinary Incontinence.

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2. Psychological and social well-being risks

The psychological and social well-being risks associated with obesity include:

  • Negative self-image
  • Social isolation
  • Discrimination.

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3. Day-to-day living difficulties 

The day-to-day difficulties associated with obesity include:

  • Normal tasks become harder when you are obese, as movement is more difficult
  • You tend to tire more quickly and you find yourself short of breath
  • Public transport seats, telephone booths, and cars may be too small for you
  • You may find it difficult to maintain personal hygiene 

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Do you want to know more about obesity?

If you want to read more about obesity, please visit other pages on this site, specifically:

Or contact us for more information about any questions you have. 

© Dr Tony Patiniotis - Hobart Obesity Surgery Centre, Tasmania, Australia