Find out how being obese can put your health at risk.
Your weight isn’t just a cosmetic issue or a matter of how well your clothes fit. Serious obesity isn’t a problem because of the way you might look, it’s a problem because of the strain it puts on your body and the serious risks that may affect you. Learn more about the dangers of obesity on your health.
Obesity may cause you to feel sleepy
The Wall Street Journal highlighted a correlation between obesity and feeling sleepy. Excessive sleepiness can affect your job performance, mood and motivation.
Obesity affects your heart health
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, your risk for coronary heart disease rises as your body mass index rises. Obesity also puts you at risk for heart failure.
Obesity increases your risk of stroke
You’re more at risk of stroke if you’re overweight. Plaque in your arteries increases your risk of developing a clot. If the clot is close to your brain, it can cause a stroke.
Obesity puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, being overweight increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Losing weight can dramatically reduce your risk of developing this serious condition.
Obesity increases your risk of cancer
When you’re overweight or obese, your risk for cancers such as colon cancer, breast cancer and gallbladder cancer increases.
The good news is that your weight is something you can change. At Mercy Hospital, we understand that losing weight is complicated business. Get the support you need to make major changes to your health. Attend a Bariatric Informational Session and find out if weight loss surgery is right for you. For more information or to register, please call 305-285-2929. For more information about health concerns or for a physician referral, call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at (305) 285-2929.