The Reasons to avoid excess weight right now
Weighing too much may increase the risk for several health problems. It also may contribute to emotional and social problems.
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, and certain cancers are some of the diseases linked to excess weight. Obese men are more likely than other men to develop cancer of the colon, rectum, or prostate. Obese women are more likely than other women to develop cancer
of the breast (after menopause), gallbladder, uterus, or cervix. Cancer of the esophagus (the tube that carries food and liquids to the stomach) may also
be linked to obesity.
Other diseases and health problems linked to excess weight include
- breathing problems, including sleep apnea
- fatty liver disease (also called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH)
- gallbladder disease and gallstones
- pregnancy problems, such as gestational diabetes (high blood sugar during pregnancy), high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean section (C-section)
Emotional and Social Effects
Excess weight may also contribute to emotional suffering. Physical beauty and how a person looks are highly valued in society. People who may not
fit society’s view of beauty because of their weight may be seen as less attractive. Also, because some people in our culture may view a person with obesity as lacking willpower, people with obesity may face limited options in the job market, at school, and in social situations. They may feel rejected, ashamed, or depressed.