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What Are The Health Risks Of Being Overweight?

You may:

  • Feel tired and lacking in energy
  • Experience breathing problems (e.g. shortness of breath when moving around, or with sudden bursts of physical activity)
  • Feel that you sweat a lot compared with other people
  • Develop skin irritation
  • Have difficulty sleeping
  • Get complaints from your partner that you snore
  • Experience back and joint pains which can affect your mobility
  • Have hampered ability to control or manage chronic disorders
You may also have an increased risk of developing:
  • Impaired glucose tolerance(pre-diabetes)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol or triglyceride levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnoea (breathing patterns are disturbed while sleeping, due to excess weight around your chest, neck and airways)
  • Fertility problems
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Complications in pregnancy (e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, preterm labour, caesarean section)
  • Stress intolerance (leaking urine when you laugh, cough, etc).
  • Gallstones
  • Heartburn or GORD
  • Cancers (including colon, breast and uterus)
  • Gout
  • Fatty liver
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Asthma
  • Many people can also develop psychological problems:

    • Low self-esteem
    • Poor self-image
    • Low confidence
    • Feelings of isolation
    • Depression
    • Relationships problems with family members/friends
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