Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Consequences of being FAT

Obesity is a major health problem that is associated with numerous other diagnoses. Below are some of the health implications of obesity.

Physical consequences:

  • Type II Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hypertension - (High Blood Pressure)
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer (Breast, Colon, etc.)
  • Hyperlipidemia - (Cholesterol & Tri-glycerides)
  • GERD - (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Sleep Apnea - (Stop Breathing During Sleep)
  • Arthritis & Joint Problems
  • Chronic Pain Syndromes
  • Immobility
  • Menstrual Irregularities & Infertility
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Stasis Dermatitis
  • Hirsutism (Excess Body Hair)
  • Skin & Nail Fungus
Psychological consequences:
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Failed Interpersonal Relationships
  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Low Self-Esteem
Social consequences:
  • Difficulty with Personal Hygiene
  • Discrimination (Workplace and Social)
  • Withdrawal from Social Activities
Economic consequences:
  • Cost of Food
  • Cost of Clothing
  • Cost of Transportation
  • Numerous Diet Products and Program costs
  • 5% of every healthcare dollar is used to treat obesity

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