Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat and a body mass index, or BMI, of over 30. Morbid obesity refers to a person who is 50-100% over normal body weight, more than 100 pounds over a normal weight, or has BMI of 40 or higher. Morbidly obese people have a body weight that interferes with their general health and everyday function. Diet, age, gender, genetics, lifestyle behaviors, physical activity, illness, medication, and psychological factors such as boredom, sadness, and anger all play a role in obesity.

Possible health effects due to obesity may include:

  • Asthma
  • Birth Defects
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • Depression
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Triglyceride Levels
  • Hypogonadism
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Migraines
  • Mortality
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Social Stigmatization
  • Stroke
  • Thrombosis
  • Type 2 Diabetes

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