The Dangers of Obesity

Being obese is not a cosmetic problem. As such, it takes a very huge toll on your body and can put you at the risk of developing serious health problems. Shedding off some weight can go a long way to helping you in reversing many of the problems that obesity put you at risk of. The very first step in dealing with obesity understands the dangers of obesity that make you value and appreciate the progress that you make in weight loss.

Coronary heart disease

As the body’s mass index goes higher and higher, so does the risk of getting coronary heart disease. This is a condition that occurs as a result of the build-up of a waxy substance, plaque, inside the walls of the coronary arteries. These are the arteries that supply blood rich in oxygen to the heart.

With the increasing plaque deposit on the coronary walls, they become constricted, and the blood that flows through them reduces considerably with time. This can trigger what is referred to as angina (a heart attack).
When this condition is not caught in time, it can lead to a heart failure, a serious heart condition where the heart can no longer pump sufficient blood to the body parts.

High Blood Pressure And Stroke

Blood pressure refers to the force with which blood pushes back against the walls of the arteries when the heart pumps it to the other body parts. When the pressure in the arteries rises and remains high for some time, massive damage to the body can be done.
There are higher chances of having high blood pressure when you are obese or overweight.

Being obese can lead to a gradual build-up of plaque in the arteries. The plaque tends to rupture at times due to the increased blood pressure which results to the formation of a blood clot. If the blood clot is very close to the brain, it might prevent blood from flowing to the brain and cause some of the cells in the brain to die due to lack of nutrients resulting to a stroke.

Metabolic syndrome

This is the name that is given to several risk factors that increase the risk that you are at of getting heart disease and other related problems such as osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and gallstones.
You can develop the risk factors individually or even as a group. The diagnosis of this syndrome is given if you have more than three of the risk factors. The risk factors include:-
• A triglyceride level that is higher than the normal level.
• A low cholesterol level
• A huge waistline commonly referred to as abdominal obesity. Having fat around the waist is a great risk for coronary heart disease than having fat that is distributed all over the body.
• High blood pressure
• High fasting blood sugar levels.
• Cancer

This might come as a shock, but one of the dangers of obesity is cancer. People who are overweight are at a greater risk of getting breast, colon, gallbladder and endometrial cancers.

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