According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans are obese. If your body mass index (BMI) is over 25, you are considered overweight—if your BMI is over 30, you are clinically obese. Your body is completely your own, and you have ultimate say over how it looks; if you’re significantly overweight, however, you should be aware of the health risks associated with obesity.
If you have a BMI of 30 or greater, your joints must endure significantly more pressure than the joints of a person with a BMI of 20. This increased pressure can hasten the breakdown of cartilage and bone within your ankles, knees, hips, and other joints. Osteoarthritis can lead to significant pain, and may eventually require joint replacement surgery.
Obesity is a major risk factor for the leading causes of death in the U.S. People who are obese are at a much higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other potentially deadly chronic diseases. The combination of high blood pressure and artery plaque buildup can also increase one’s chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
People who are obese have a much higher rate of cancer diagnosis than most. For example, obesity has been shown to increase a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer. To reduce your risk of developing cancer, ask your doctor about various weight loss strategies.
Obesity can also have a profound effect on one’s mental health. For instance, people who are obese are more likely to develop sleep apnea or otherwise have difficulty sleeping. This lack of sleep can have serious effect on one’s mood, and may even lead to depression.
If you’re interested in losing weight, schedule an appointment with a Brandon Regional Hospital doctor. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 327-2636 for help finding a medical professional who can best suit your needs. If traditional weight loss methods aren’t working for you, we can discuss the possibility of weight loss surgery at our Hillsborough County hospital.