Obesity and overweight are more than just an issue of physical appearance. Although in itself it is not classified as a medical condition, its impact on an individual's well-being is magnanimous. Both the physical body and mental faculty of obese people are greatly affected. They often and easily get tired and uncomfortable. Having had to carry the extra weight, the body becomes more stressed, including their joints, bones and legs.
Five of the common health problems that stem from obesity and or overweight include Asthma, Sleep Apnea, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Fatty liver disease.
A lung condition that causes the patients to have difficulty in breathing, asthma can affect all types of individuals. Although being afflicted of asthma does not have to be overweight, it is also common among people who are obese because they are easily get tired, and it is difficult for them to keep up with friends when they engage in sports or simply, when they walk. Exerting too much effort would put their body-particularly their lungs-to work overtime, causing them to grasp for more air.
Just as obesity and or overweight exposes an individual to asthma, sleep apnea is another condition associated with obese people. Sleep apnea, a condition in which one temporarily stops breathing during sleep, is a serious health problem of obese adults and kids. In such condition, individuals have an interrupted sleep. In daytime, they are restless and tired. Even their ability to concentrate and learn is obstructed. In some cases, sleep apnea can lead to heart problems.
High Blood Pressure
The Human blood pressure is affected by activity, rest, diet, temperature, posture, medications, and emotional state. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure may affect even children especially if they are obese. Obese adults are commonly at high risk of developing high blood pressure. Obesity stimulates high production of insulin in an attempt to mitigate the excessive glucose concentration in the blood. The production of insulin is remarkably high in obese people in contrast to those who have a normal weight.
High level of bad cholesterol-known as LDL-is associated with obesity. Obesity can be caused by consuming foods that have bad cholesterol, which enters the blood stream. Having high cholesterol further exposes the health to heart problems and stroke.
Besides from penetrating the bloodstream, the LDL is accumulated in the liver when an excess of it is not metabolized entirely. Over time, when an individual develops a fatty liver, the liver becomes inflamed, scarred, and contracts permanent liver damage. True, fatty liver is also caused by non-overweight individuals. However, statistics show that non-obese individuals who also have fatty liver are the alcoholics.