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Obesity - Complications

Carrying a lot of weight has its own harmful effects in the long run. People in whom the fat builds up mostly around the abdomen (apple-shaped obesity) are at greater risk of developing complications as compared to those in whom the fat accumulates around the hips (pear-shaped obesity).

Some of the potential complications of obesity include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Lipid abnormalities - high cholesterol and triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Heart diseases
  • Osteoarthritis (especially of the knees)
  • Infertility, irregular menses
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cancer, including cancer of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, breast, colon, rectum and prostate
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Intertrigo - Soreness/irritation between two skin surfaces that are in contact such as under the breasts or between the thighs
  • Impaired quality of life
  • Sexual problem
  • Social isolation and embarrassment.