5 consequences of obesity (and how to protect yourself)

5 consequences of obesity (and how to protect yourself)


Obesity is a condition characterized by excess weight, usually due to poor eating habits. In addition to causing aesthetic changes and impacting self-esteem, obesity also increases the risk of developing several other diseases, from diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, impotence and even infertility.

However, diseases caused by obesity can be controlled and often cured, as long as the weight loss process is started with guidance from a professional, such as an endocrinologist.

Exercising at least 3 times a week and having an adequate diet are small steps that not only help prevent diseases linked to obesity, but can also avoid several serious complications.

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Which doctor to consult?

If you are overweight and are concerned about the complications it could bring to your health, make an appointment with an endocrinologist near you:

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Consequences of obesity for health

The most common complications of obesity are:

1. Diabetes

The increase in caloric intake means that the insulin produced by the body is insufficient for all the sugar that is ingested in the diet, accumulating in the blood. Furthermore, the body itself begins to resist the action of insulin, facilitating the development of type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is easily reversed with weight loss and some physical activity.

2. High cholesterol

In addition to visible fat on the belly, thighs or hips, obesity also causes the accumulation of fat inside the blood vessels in the form of cholesterol, which increases the risk of stroke or heart attack, for example.

3. Hypertension

Excess fat accumulated inside and outside the blood vessels makes it difficult for blood to pass through the body, forcing the heart to work harder, which not only increases blood pressure but can lead to heart failure in the long term.

4. Breathing problems

The excessive weight of fat on the lungs makes it difficult for air to enter and exit, which usually leads to a potentially fatal syndrome, which is sleep apnea. Learn more about this issue.

5. Impotence and infertility

Hormonal disorders caused by excess fat can not only increase the amount of hair on a woman’s face but also lead to the development of polycystic ovaries, which makes conception difficult. In men, obesity compromises blood circulation throughout the body, interfering with erections.

In addition to all this, excess weight and poor diet are related to an increased risk of colorectal cancer and prostate cancer in men. In women, obesity can cause cancer of the breast, endometrium, ovaries and bile ducts.

How to know if you are obese

Obesity is considered when the body mass index (BMI) is equal to or greater than 35 kg/m². To find out if you are at risk of developing these diseases, enter your personal details here and take the test:

To avoid the isolation and depression that is common among obese people and is more common the more severe the obesity, it is important to follow a plan and establish rules that must be followed regardless of desire.

Watch the video to see how to lose weight healthily so you don’t gain weight again.