I watched a program a little while ago about fashion for the larger women, and I must admit I had very mixed feelings about it because the risks of obesity weren’t mentioned.

On the one hand I thought it was great that these young women were embracing their own bodies, and refusing to be defined by the modern fashion industry. But on the other I wanted them to pay more attention to their health.

So, what are the risks of obesity?

High Blood Pressure

Fat tissue doesn’t sit there doing nothing, it releases hormones and other substances into your blood stream. Some of these are really damaging to the lining of your blood vessels, having the effect of pushing your blood pressure up.

When you look at risks of obesity, high blood pressure is a very common one. And it has knock on effects to rest of your vascular system.

Heart Disease and Stroke

High blood pressure, and the toxic substances released from excess fat damage your blood vessels. Over time more and more damage is inflicted until they can take it no more.

Sometimes a blood clot forms in response to all the damage within the lining of a blood vessel. When this happens the tissues beyond it are starved of oxygen and may die.

If this happens in the heart you have a heart attack, if it happens in the brain you have a stroke.

These are massive risks of obesity and can leave you seriously ill, disabled or dead!

Type 2 Diabetes

Not all, but most people with type 2 diabetes have it because they are overweight.

As diabetes becomes more and more common I sense a worrying shift in people’s attitude to it.

Years ago it really used to upset people when they got diagnosed. Now people often seem to accept it like it’s inevitable – lots of family members and friends already have it.

Diabetes has awful consequences on your blood vessels, again increasing the chances of heart attacks and strokes.

Some Cancers

A number of common cancers are more likely to hit you if you’re overweight. Cancers of the colon, breast, uterus and kidney.

This again comes back to the toxic substances that are released by excess fat (as well as continued lifestyle choices that have lead to obesity in the first place).

Gall Stones

Gall stones are much more common in people who are overweight. They can cause the most severe pain and have people in agony.

Interestingly rapid weight loss can make the symptoms of these even worse. It’s best to lose weight at about 2lb per week to avoid this.

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a very painful, and sometimes debilitating disease of the joints.

This is one of the common risks of obesity.

Breathing Problems

I remember seeing a patient a while ago who was about the same age and weight as me. But she was just over 4 stone heavier. She was complaining of getting out of breath when walking up an incline.

After checking her out to make sure she was ok I asked her what she would expect to happen to me if I walked beside her, carrying a rucksack with just over 4 stone in it. Carry a lot of weight is hard work!

Obesity can also cause things like sleep apnoea and make asthma worse.

Cutting the Risks of Obesity

Even modest weight loss can really cut the risks of obesity. And modest weight loss can be the stepping stone to larger weight loss, and ultimately your ideal healthy weight.

If you’re thinking you’ve tried so many times to lose weight and it’s just not happening, consider this quote:

“Healing the body without sorting out the mind will be an impossible task. The body can only be what the mind allows.”

You’ve got to have a slim mindset before you can have a slim body!

You can learn how to cultivate that mindset in Uber Slim.

Get in touch with any questions, I get back personally.

Have a great week.

Dr Julie