World Obesity Day – Top 4 Health Risks

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Today marks World Obesity Day

An awareness day by the World Obesity Federation, an organisation which is made up of members of scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations, which together aim to ‘reduce, prevent and treat obesity’ through the following objectives:

  • Raising awareness of the severity of obesity on a global level including shedding light on the numerous risks it focuses to an individual’s health
  • Encouraging easy and practical solutions to maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) including regular exercise and eating in moderation
  • Reducing social stigma and discrimination surrounding weight
  • Ultimately the goal is to reverse and end the obesity crisis worldwide

So, what exactly are the health risks of being obese?

Here are the main risks to your health that come with having a BMI which is categorised as obese or morbidly obese:

1. Type 2 Diabetes

For patients battling with type 2 diabetes, losing weight can often be an effective part of managing the disease.

If you have found it difficult to lose weight through a healthy diet and exercise, weight loss surgery could be an effective solution – and studies have shown positive results from bariatric surgery patients. A recent study[1] of 15,650 obese patients found half of those who were taking diabetes medication and underwent this type of surgery were no longer taking their medication six years later. But for those who didn’t have weight loss surgery, only 9% had stopped needing their diabetes medication six years later.

In another study of type 2 diabetes patients, 62% showed no signs of diabetes six years after bariatric surgery. In addition to this, their blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels had all improved too.[2]

2. Coronary Heart Disease

Another health risk when being obese is coronary heart disease which can also result in conditions such as angina, heart attacks and even heart failure, in fact- it remains the number one cause of deaths in the UK.

Having a high BMI puts you at a considerable risk of developing coronary heart disease and can significantly affect your long-term health. Obesity is often linked to high blood pressure and raised cholesterol levels which are both considered high-risk factors for developing coronary heart disease.

3. Strokes

Being obese results in inflammation, a primary risk factor of strokes, which is caused by excess fatty tissue which can lead to difficulty in blood flow and an increased risk of blockage, both of which can cause strokes. It is also a well-known fact that obesity causes increased blood pressure which is a secondary risk factor for strokes.

4. Certain types of cancers, including breast cancer and bowel cancer

You may have seen the controversial cancer and obesity advertising on the radio or in your local town centre which outlines obesity as the UK’s biggest preventable cause of cancer in adulthood after smoking. Cancer Research UK explains the link between cancer and obesity as due to ‘extra fat in the body doesn’t just sit there, its active, sending out signals to the rest of your body. These signals can tell cells in our body to divide more often, which can lead to cancer.'[3]

If you are obese and have tried diet after diet but aren’t achieving results then it might be time to take positive action and consider weight loss surgery as an option to improve your health and lower your risk factors.

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[1] More evidence weight loss surgery can improve diabetes symptoms, Reuters, 2 March 2018
[2] How Weight Loss Surgery Helps Type 2 Diabetes, WebMD, 26 February 2017
[3] https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/obesity-weight-and-cancer/does-obesity-cause-cancer