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:
The risk of type 2 diabetes increases as BMI increases. People who have a large percentage of body fat in the abdominal area—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:1
People who are obese may have more digestive problems.2
People who are obese may have difficulty breathing.
People who are obese have a greater risk of developing arthritis. Extra weight puts more stress on the joints than normal, especially in the legs and lower back.
Obesity is linked with:
- American Cancer Society (2010). Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: Facts and Figures 2010. Atlanta: American Cancer Society. Available online: http://ww2.cancer.org/downloads/STT/Cancer_Prev_and_Early_Dect_2010.pdf.
- American Gastroenterological Association (2002, reapproved 2008). AGA technical review on obesity. Gastroenterology, 123(3): 882–932. [Erratum in Gastroenterology, 123(5): 1752.]
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator|
|Last Revised||April 13, 2011|
Last Revised: April 13, 2011
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