Risks of Morbid Obesity

If you are morbidly obese, you have a much greater risk of developing a variety of serious co-morbid medical conditions compared to individuals who are not obese. You may also develop health problems at a younger age.

What is a co-morbid condition?

There are two definitions of a co-morbid condition:  the presence of one or more disorders or diseases in addition to a primary disorder or disease; or, the presence of a disorder or disease that is caused by or otherwise related to another condition in the same patient.  The primary disease of morbid obesity can lead to several co-morbid conditions.  These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease/Angina/Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Back and joint pain
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Menstrual irregularity and infertility in women
  • Bladder problems
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Liver disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Gout
  • Poor heat tolerance
  • Complications and infections after surgery
  • Skin infections
  • Depression and eating disorders
  • Endometrial, breast, prostate, kidney, esophageal and colon cancers

Morbid obesity is second only to cigarette smoking as a leading cause of preventable death.

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