Health Problems Associated With Adult Obesity
Adults with obesity are more likely to have certain health problems than adults who are not obese. These problems include the following.
Heart disease and cardiovascular problems
People who are obese have an increased risk of:
The risk of type 2 diabetes increases as BMI increases. People who have a large percentage of body fat in the abdominal area—greater than 40 in. (102 cm) in men and greater than 35 in. (89 cm) in women—are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, even if their BMIs are within the normal range.
People who are obese are at greater risk for different types of cancer, including:1
People who are obese may have more digestive problems.2
People who are obese may have difficulty breathing.
Sex hormone problems
Obesity is linked with:
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