• Obesity Complications


Complications or health risks of Obesity can be categorized as slight, moderate and significant or severe risks to the health and life of the affected patient. Waist measurement > 85 cm in women and > 95 - 100 cm in men signifies abdominal or central fat, and exacerbates the health risks of Obesity.

Significant or Severe Risk

  • Diabetes Type II
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • Metabolic syndrome: A combination of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • High levels of triglycerides
  • Cancer: of liver, colon, cervix, uterus, prostate, breast, blood, etc.
  • Sleep apnea
  • Breathlessness and Asthma
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Liver damage

Moderate Risk

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Hernia
  • Psychological problems
  • Gynecological problems such as Infertility, irregular periods and PCOS
  • Erectile dysfunction and sexual health issues
  • Fatty liver
  • Varicose veins

Slight risk

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Stress incontinence
  • Edema / Cellulitis
  • Poor wound healing

Other Risks of Obesity that affect the quality of life are:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Low self esteem and lowered confidence
  • Hopelessness
  • Shame and guilt feelings