10 Health Risks of Obesity

More than 2 in 3 adults are considered obese or overweight


Individuals who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of developing numerous health problems. They are in danger of developing type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

More than 2 in 3 adults are considered obese or overweight; more than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity; and approximately one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 9 are considered overweight or obese, according to research by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.[slideshow:87177]

The good news is that even the smallest amount of weight loss can help reduce your health risks – be active and follow a heathy diet.

*Related: The Health Benefits of Weight Loss

According to the American Heart Association, “people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese.” It’s important to measure your body mass index and waist circumference to tell if you are overweight.


10 Health Risks of Obesity


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