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Obesity Risk Factors

Learn about obesity risk factors in this Howcast video.


Obesity is a very serious medical condition of excess fat storage, and with it come several risk factors.

I think it's important to realize that obesity affects every part of your body from your head to your feet. For example, if you wake up with headaches every day, it could be because of your excess weight. One reason could be when you're sleeping sometimes when you're overweight you can have what's called sleep apnea. If you don't get a good night's sleep, if you're not getting the oxygen that you need because you have sleep apnea, you can wake up in the morning with terrible headaches. That could be one cause of headaches from being overweight.

Obesity also affects your breathing. Your lung capacity is decreased when you're overweight because the excess weight in your abdomen is pushing up on your lungs making it more difficult to breathe.

Obesity affects your heart. Heart disease increases substantially in people that are obese. Diabetes is also a major risk factor of obesity. In fact, 85 percent of people with Type 2 Diabetes are obese.

Did you know that being obese in creases your risk of developing cancer? And this is several different types of cancer. For example, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and even colon cancer.

Other things that obesity can cause are gallbladder disease and liver disease.

Obesity is now becoming one of the main reasons for why people need liver transplants, and that's because you can develop cirrhosis of the liver secondary to excess fat storage in your liver.

So, as you can see, there are several risk factors of obesity. And it's very important that if you are obese that you start making the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight and become healthier.

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