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Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths and impaired quality of life it is an important underlying cause for number of serious and chronic disease conditions

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Joint problems (e.g., arthritis)
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic liver disease and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis)
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Certain types of cancer (breast, uterine, colon)
  • Digestive disorders (e.g., gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GORD)
  • Breathing difficulties (e.g., sleep apnea, asthma)
  • Psychological problems such as depression
  • Problems with fertility and pregnancy
  • Urinary Incontinence

Risks to psychological and social well-being

  • Negative self-image
  • Social isolation
  • Discrimination

Difficulties with day-to-day living

  • Normal tasks become harder for people living with obesity as movement is more difficult
  • You tend to tire more quickly and you find yourself short of breath
  • Public transport seats, and cars may be too small for you
  • You may find it difficult to maintain personal hygiene