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Adults with obesity are more likely to have certain health problems than adults who are not obese. These problems include the following.
People who are obese have an increased risk of:
People who are obese are more likely to develop insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
The risk of type 2 diabetes increases as BMI increases. People who have a large percentage of body fat in the abdominal area—a waist measurement greater than 40 in. (102 cm) in men and greater than 35 in. (89 cm) in women—are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, even if their BMIs are within the normal range.
People who are obese are at greater risk for different types of cancer, including:
People who are obese may have more digestive problems.
People who are obese may have difficulty breathing.
People who are obese have a greater risk for arthritis. Extra weight puts more stress on the joints than normal, especially in the legs and lower back.
Obesity is linked with:
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofOctober 9, 2017
Current as of: October 9, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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