Obesity Health Threats: What are they?
Morbid obesity brings with it an increased risk for a shorter life expectancy.
For individuals whose weight exceeds twice their ideal body weight (an estimated 2 – 3 million Australians are considered to be morbidly obese), the risk of an early death is doubled compared to non-obese individuals. The risk of death from diabetes or heart attack is five to seven times greater.
Even beyond the issue of obesity-related health conditions, weight gain alone can lead to a condition known as “end-stage” obesity where, for the most part, no treatment options are available. Yet an early death is not the only potential consequence.
Social, psychological and economic effects of morbid obesity, however unfair, are real and can be especially devastating.
Obesity Health Threats & Health Related Conditions
Obesity health related conditions are health conditions that, whether alone or in combination, can significantly reduce your life expectancy.
A partial list of some of the more common conditions follows. Your doctor can provide you with a more detailed and complete list:
Type 2 Diabetes
High Blood Pressure/Heart disease
Osteoarthritis of Weight-Bearing Joints
Sleep Apnoea/Respiratory Problems
Urinary Stress Incontinence
Morbidly obese individuals often experience disruptions of the menstrual cycle, including interruption of the menstrual cycle, abnormal menstrual flow and increased pain associated with the menstrual cycle.