Health Effects of Obesity



According to the 2003-2004 National Center for Health Statistics survey, almost one-third of American adults are considered obese. If the patterns of the past 20 years continue, that percentage will continue to grow. Obesity is a difficult condition to deal with, but it can be curbed or even prevented with lifestyle changes, especially where diet and physical activity are concerned. The Internet has many resources to help you research, understand, and eventually prevent or control obesity. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

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Health Effects of Obesity

Some health conditions that can result from obesity are more apparent than others, and those who are obese can be at greater risk for certain ailments due to family history. Other conditions that result from obesity (like depression, in some cases) may not be so apparent. Many of the following sites can help you determine how obesity can affect your health.

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  • Many of the conditions listed below can occur in adults who are not obese, and people who are obese will not necessarily suffer from these conditions. Talk to your doctor to determine your risk for health complications.
  • Often, losing even a little weight can help reduce your risk for health complications. But, as with any lifestyle change, check with your physician before starting any new exercise or diet regimen, especially if you are not currently active or if you already have a health condition such as diabetes.

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