Complications of obesity

Karen Miller | 10/10/2013, 6 a.m.

Obesity is not merely a cosmetic issue. Excess weight increases the risk of many diseases:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Several cancers such as breast, uterine and kidney
  • Sleep apnea a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nonalcoholic liver diseases
  • Gynecologic problems such as infertility and irregular periods

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