I think as Americans we have really become desensitized to the concept of obesity and The Effects of Obesity To The Body. We look at our growing stomach and aches and pains as though it is just the process of getting old, but it’s a lie. It is a false psychological mindset we as a society have created to hide the guilt and conviction of eating a poor diet and growing physically lazy in our later, or even early years. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that about 630,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with cancer that was caused by obesity. That little stomach and flabby skin you are seeing is not some small natural change coming with age, but a result of a growing metaphorical cancer as your body is transforming into obesity. With this change comes a chain reaction of problems that once unleashed can wreak havoc in your life, and even lead to a slow and painful death. In this post I reveal the many symptoms and diseases caused by obesity. Feel free to click each highlighted link to learn more about each condition and disease.
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Hypertension, also commonly known as high blood pressure, is often a direct result of obesity. In fact, three out of four cases of hypertension are from obesity. Fat tissue in our bodies need oxygen and nutrients to thrive. In order to receive oxygen the body needs to circulate more blood vessels which carry the oxygen to the fat tissue. To accomplish this the heart must work even harder circulate the necessary oxygen. This chain reaction of events does not stop here. With the blood circulating even more through the heart pumping harder, the pressure on the artery walls increases bringing on the high blood pressure. High blood pressure then raises the heart rate and makes it harder for the body to transport the needed blood vessels. Over time this condition drastically increases risk of coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease.
The constant weight and pressure on the body from obesity puts a huge strain on your joints and bones. Much of this is often experience on the back and spine. Over time many parts of the body can begin to hurt and be sore. As obesity in the body increases the pain also will increase from the growing pressure and weight. Many who suffer from this can receive spinal disorders, back pain, disc herniation, joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and gout, and pseudotumor cerebri.
A reduced lung capacity is common for obese individuals and the body is constantly in short supply of oxygen due to the hoarding done by the fat cells. Therefore it invites higher risk for respiratory infections. Obese individuals are four times more likely to develop asthma and usually develop sleep apnea. In severe cases sleep apnea occurs in 90% of obese people. Sleep apnea is not as innocent as you think and can be fatal. When an apnea episode occurs at night, the person stops breathing. Not only does the person stop breathing but now the body is not getting needed oxygen in the blood. The can grow into a lethally dangerous condition such as heart failure, cardiac death, and stroke.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S., killing about 600,000 every year in the United States every year. Obesity increases your chances of receiving one or more of the many heart diseases out there. The most common of theses are heart attacks, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease.
Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke
It just makes sense in the process of things. If you have pour circulation and that body is suffocating from lack of oxygen, the same will go for your brain as well causing many cerebrovascular diseases including strokes. When the brain does not get enough oxygen bad things begin to develop. All the functions of the brain begin suffer…just think about the things your brain controls. Your beating heart, seeing and hearing, touch and nerve messages, movement, your very thoughts…all these things will be affected as lack of oxygen to the brain worsens.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is basically issues with gas in the body in all sorts of ways. Common symptoms are heartburn, indigestion, coughing, belching, having trouble keeping food down, etc.. It is actually quite common and not only just an issue from obesity. However, obesity is associated with higher risk of GERD and it will be more constant which is the danger. Over a long period of time it can harm your esophagus and can cause esophageal cancer.
This is not surprising, but obesity can increase your risk on a whole list of cancers. This is enough of a list for an entire blog topic, but to make a long story short the CDC states that 13 types of cancer are associated with obesity and cancers related to obesity account for 40 percent of all cancers in the United States.
This is probably the most well-known and common result of obesity. Obesity is a major cause of type 2 diabetes. Often times the diet in which many people who suffer from obesity contains a lot of fat and sugar. Eventually the body struggles to properly regulate insulin levels which quickly becomes deadly. To know more about the effects of diabetes to the body and its symptoms, you can check out my post The Physical Effects of Diabetes. If you suffer from diabetes yourself, check out Beat Diabetes Naturally: The Big Diabetes Lie and learn to fight back and even cure your condition.
The list of conditions goes on and on as many of the latter conditions will increase risks of further damage that will brood chronic and even terminal diseases and conditions. Feel free to click each one and discover more of their symptoms and causes as well as treatments. Also, go ahead and leave a comment with any questions or feedback. As always they are welcome!