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How is obesity linked to heart disease and stroke?

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Extra weight makes you more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Both of those conditions make heart disease or stroke more likely.

The good news is that losing a small amount of weight can reduce your chances of developing heart disease or a stroke. Losing 5%-10% of your weight is proven to lower your chance of developing heart disease.

From: Health Risks Linked to Obesity WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute: "Obesity and Cancer Questions and Answers."

American College of Physicians.

The Obesity Society.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Obesity and Cancer Questions and Answers."

American College of Physicians.

The Obesity Society.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 14, 2018

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