What are the health risks of being obese?

What are the health risks of being obese?

Being obese means you are at an increased risk for the following:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Endometrial cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Stroke
  • Liver and gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles (women)
  • Infertility (women)

In general, the higher your BMI, the greater your risk.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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