Understanding the Negative Health Effects of Obesity
Currently, obesity rates in America are among the highest they have ever been. Delaware itself has one of the highest rates of obesity in the nation, with more than 1/3 of all adults being classified as overweight or obese. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure used to classify weight status. It is a ratio of height and weight. A body mass index greater than 30 is indicative of obesity. Excess body weight has been linked to a number of negative health effects.
There is a strong association between obesity and diabetes. Studies show that 85% of those who have Type II diabetes are overweight or obese. Those with uncontrolled blood glucose (blood sugar) can develop other negative health risks including kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, vision impairment, or amputation.
Joint pain is another common condition associated with obesity. Excess weight puts tension and pressure on your body and this typically results in pain or discomfort in certain joints and muscles. Joint pain can often be alleviated when there is a decrease in excess body weight, even in small amounts.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder where breathing stops for several seconds multiple times per night while you are asleep. When this happens, there isn’t adequate oxygen being delivered throughout the body. Sleep apnea leads to daytime sleepiness which can affect quality of life as well as energy levels. Untreated sleep apnea is a risk factor for heart disease and accidents.
Increased Cancer Risk
Long-term obesity can lead to an increased risk for many different types of cancers, including colon cancer, kidney cancer, and breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute states that the relationship between obesity and cancer is complex, but more is being researched regarding possible causes. Excess fatty tissue and excess inflammation have both been deemed risk factors for certain cancers.
Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery
While there are harmful conditions associated with obesity, there has been a tremendous advancement in obesity management and treatment. Obesity is now classified as a disease but can be modified or improved.
There are a variety of non-surgical and surgical options to address obesity. If you suffer from any of these health conditions or are struggling to maintain a healthy weight, contact Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery, located in Seaford, Delaware.