Health Conditions Associated with Obesity

The latest government statistics show that approximately two-thirds of American adults and one-third of American children are overweight or obese. Obesity is a serious health concern because it’s associated with many serious illnesses, diseases and health conditions.

Obesity can lead to:

  • Cancer (e.g., breast, colon, gallbladder, kidney, liver and skin)
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Gallbladder disease
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Mental disorders such as clinical depression and anxiety
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

Perhaps the most interesting statistic from a recent study from the American Institute for Cancer Research is that more than half of Americans — 52 percent to be exact — are unaware that obesity puts them at a higher cancer risk than those who are not obese.

What causes obesity?

There are many factors to consider when looking for the root cause of obesity, like genetics, chronic illness, behavioral patterns and environment. It’s important to understand your health habits and history so you can identify which behaviors, illnesses, medications, and/or psychological factors are contributing to your weight gain or making weight loss difficult.

Making weight loss manageable.

Losing even small amounts of weight can have a significant difference on your health. Studies show that when people who are considered obese lose just 3 to 5 percent of their weight –– and keep it off –– they achieve meaningful health benefits over time. So while the idea of setting a target weight and beginning a weight loss program can seem daunting, it’s important to focus on the small victories along the way.

The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss can help you lose weight and keep it off with our comprehensive programs. If you decide to undergo surgery, we can help you prepare for surgery and support you throughout your weight-loss journey. Call us today at 800-815-4881 and take the first step toward a healthier, thinner you.