Obesity - Health Risks of Obesity
obesity affects your health depends on many things,
including your age, gender, where you carry your body fat, and how physically
active you are.
Risk for diseases
If you are obese and have unhealthy eating or activity habits, you have a higher risk for
gallstones, type 2 diabetes,
high blood pressure,
high cholesterol and
coronary artery disease (CAD),
a stroke, and
sleep apnea, among other conditions.
Children who are obese are at risk for many of the same long-term health problems.
If you have healthier habits or lose
weight, your risk for these conditions is reduced.
Where you carry fat
If fat builds up mostly around your stomach (sometimes
called apple-shaped), you are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood
high cholesterol, and coronary artery disease than
people who are lean or people with fat around the hips (sometimes called
pear-shaped). Your waist size affects your risk of health problems.
- See a chart on
BMI, waist size, and risk for disease.
more information on health problems related to obesity.