CONSEQUENCES OF OBESITY
If you are overweight or obese you are at increased risk of developing one or more weight related medical problems.
The list of medical problems related to obesity is concerningly long and continues to grow as more research in this field of medicine develops.
Obesity is now the largest single health problem facing the modern world. In Australia alone, approximately 2/3 of the population is now overweight or obese.
- MAJOR HEALTH CONSEQUENCES RELATED TO OBESITY;
- Premature death (shorter life expectancy): Obese people have a 50% to 100% increased risk of premature death
- Obese people have an established well proven higher risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, certain cancers (breast, uterine, colon), breathing difficulties (e.g., sleep apnoea, asthma), arthritis, back pain, pregnancy complications, gall bladder problems, urinary incontinence, anxiety, depression and digestive disorders (eg., gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- At least 80% of people with obesity will develop at least one of these conditions, and 60% will develop at least three.
- Obesity also has a pronounced negative effect on the Quality of Life and Psychological and Social well-being of patients, as well as having an impact on their day-to-day living.
- EFFECTS OF OBESITY ON PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING
- Negative self-image
- Social isolation
- EFFECTS OF OBESITY ON DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
- Normal tasks become harder when you are obese
- You tend to tire more quickly and you find yourself short of breath
- Public transport seats, aeroplane seats and cars may be too small for you
- You may find it difficult to maintain personal hygiene
DIAGRAM OF MEDICAL PROBLEMS CAUSED BY OBESITY