4 Health Risks Of Being Overweight

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We all know it’s not good to be overweight. There are a number of different health risks associated with having a high BMI (body mass index), and health officials, the government, and figures of authority seem to constantly be telling us to be careful about what we’re eating and to exercise more. 

Yet being told what to do doesn’t always work, and it’s a far better idea to learn about why you are being asked to do something. This way, you can come to your own conclusions, and you’re more likely to follow instructions because you know what the end result will be, and what will happen if you keep eating poorly and not exercising enough. With that in mind, here are some of the significant health risks associated with being overweight. Once you know about them, you can choose your own next step, whether that be continuing as you are, losing weight by yourself, or getting help such as a gastric sleeve revision

Breathing Problems 

Larger bodies mean that lungs have trouble expanding fully, and the muscles associated with helping you breathe may be restricted. In other words, those who are overweight or obese will have difficulty breathing because they can’t take in enough oxygen. This will leave them breathless even after doing simple things such as climbing the stairs. 

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Although being overweight won’t cause conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or asthma, it will exacerbate them, so you could feel a lot more unwell than you would if you were lighter. 

Fatty Liver Disease 

When you think of gaining weight, you might not immediately think of your internal organs, if at all. However, your organs can become obese, like any other area of the body, and your liver is at most risk. Fat can build up within the liver and can cause scars to form. This is known as cirrhosis which is more commonly associated with those who drink too much alcohol but is also often found in obese people. Eventually, this condition can cause the liver to shut down entirely. 

Doctors are studying this condition as they don’t yet know why the liver is so susceptible. This means there is no cure, and in order to avoid it, it is best to lose weight. 


Osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition that, in the worse cases, makes it impossible to walk or even move without pain. Yet even the ‘minor’ versions of this disease are incredibly painful and doing everyday tasks such as using a knife and fork, typing on a computer, cooking, or washing might become complicated and, over time, impossible. 

When you are overweight, you are putting more strain on your joints and the cartilage (cartilage protects the ends of the bones). By losing just five percent of your overall body fat, you will relieve a lot of stress that is currently happening. Regular exercise, eating more healthily, and, if required, gastric band surgery will all help you to live a longer, more fulfilling life. 

Type 2 Diabetes

Without proper diet and regular exercise, a person is bound to gain weight, particularly as they age. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and is primarily affected by your diet and weight. Type 2 diabetes is mostly developed by individuals who have consumed too much sugar and processed foods over their life, gaining body fat and putting pressure on their organs. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can no longer respond effectively to insulin, causing imbalances in your digestive system, blood sugar, and hormones.

One of the main contributing factors to developing type 2 diabetes is high blood pressure. This is a concern that many medical professionals are increasingly worried about, due to the fact that obesity levels around are higher than ever before. 

If you are concerned about your weight is a potential factor for developing type 2 diabetes, there is still time to make a change. You can reduce your intake of sugar and carbohydrates, and take up regular cardiovascular exercise. In addition, you could visit a dietitian for diabetes if you are serious about losing weight. 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All thoughts are my own and no others. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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