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Six dangerous effects of being obese and how to manage them

By Sylvester | July 5th 2020

Overweight is also scientifically referred to as obesity and is usually caused when you eat more calories regularly than burn them through exercise or doing physical activities. These extra calories produced accumulate over time, leading to your being obese. Overweight can cause cardiovascular or heart diseases, which can lead to death.

When you are obese, your body mass index(BMI) 30 or more. BMI is scientifically calculated by taking a person’s weight and height into ration into considerations.

Symptoms for obesity include an unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, inactive lifestyle, genetics, age, pregnancy, and hormonal changes in the body system.

These are the risks associated with you being overweight or obese.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body cannot either produce sufficints insulin to regulate blood glucose levels, or the insulin produced is unable to work. Obesity causes inflammation, which, as a result, leads to Type 2 diabetes.

To prevent type 2 diabetes, ensure you lose weight, eat a balanced diet, get adequate sleep, and conduct regular exercises to burn off calories from your body.

High Blood Pressure or hypertension

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When the heartbeats, it pumps blood through the arteries to the rest of your body. For normal blood pressure, your blood pressure should be 120/80 mm Hg. When the top figure is above 120, and the bottom figure is above 80, then it means that you suffer from high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is caused when you persistently gain weight, and it is also caused due to age. As you become older, then chances of acquiring blood high blood pressure are higher than expected. Hypertension can also be caused hypertension by factors such as genetics factors, excessive drinking, high salt intake, lack of exercise, stress, and the use of birth control pills.

Hypertension or high blood pressure can be managed or treated by ensuring that you lose some sufficient weight.

High Cholesterol

When you are overweight or obese, it means that you have a high cholesterol level. This means there are low-density lipoproteins (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol) and triglycerides are too high, and the level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol) is too low.

High cholesterol level is caused by obesity, smoking, excessive drinking, increased age, genetics, diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney or liver disease also play a significant role in high cholesterol.

Heart Disease and Stroke

With an increase in BMI, there is also an increased risk for heart disease Obesity leads to the buildup of plaque (a waxy substance) inside the coronary arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart. Plaque obstructs blood flow to the heart.

Obesity increases the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and both conditions increase the risk of heart disease or strokes.



Cancer occurs when cells in the body start growing abnormally or out of control. According to the CDC, cancer can cause death when not managed or treated.

Cancer also causes overweight. The types of cancers which can be produced due to obesity include breast cancer, colon cancer, uterus cancer, cervix cancer, gallbladder cancer, and kidney cancer.

To manage or treat cancer, ensure you have good weight by eating healthy balanced diets and conducting physical exercise regularly.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where there are brief pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. When you have sleep apnea, you become restless sleep throughout the night, and also you become sleepy during the day. This also causes heavy snoring while sleeping.

Obesity also causes sleep apnea. When you are overweight, you will have more fat stored around your neck, making the airway smaller and breathing tricky.


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