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Adults withobesityare 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 measurementgreater 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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