Obesity Linked to Various Diseases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of serious health risks associated with obesity. This widespread condition can result from a combination of causes, including dietary patterns, physical activity, inactivity, medication use and other exposures.

Whatever the cause, obesity is a serious concern associated with poorer mental health outcomes, reduced quality of life and the leading causes of death worldwide.

Obesity Increases the Risk for Many Diseases and Conditions, Including:

  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • Type 2 diabetes1
  • Coronary heart disease2
  • Stroke
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)3
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Clinical depression and anxiety

1NHLBI. 2013. Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults
2Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
3Body-mass index and risk of 22 specific cancers: a population-based cohort study of 24 million UK adults