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What are some of the health risks of obesity?

Individuals who are obese are at greater risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, some cancers, and type II diabetes. Obese women of child-bearing age, are also at greater risk for complications during pregnancy. Being overweight can aggravate joint pain from arthritis, and limit physical mobility. Individuals who are overweight suffer more than physical ailments, however; they also suffer emotional consequences (depression, lower self-esteem) from societal rejection.

Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., Former Nutritional Sciences Specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia

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Last updated:06/17/2015
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