Effects of Obesity

It’s common knowledge that excess weight leads to health problems. However, knowing obesity is bad for you isn’t always enough to help you lose the weight. Weight loss, much like smoking cessation, can be a difficult struggle.

Negative Health Results of Obesity

Some of the effects of obesity are very dangerous to your overall health. Many debilitating and even life-threatening conditions have been found to be caused or worsened by the added element of obesity. Some of these conditions include:

  • Type two diabetes
  • Some forms of cancer
  • Liver disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

Losing weight can greatly improve or even eliminate many of these conditions. In fact, studies have shown that a weight loss of as little as 5-10% can result in health improvements, particularly in conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Other Effects of Obesity

The mere fact of carrying a large amount of extra weight can result in other problems, as well. Extra weight creates extra wear and tear on the body, which can lead to:

  • Joint problems
  • Back pain
  • Decreased mobility
  • Overall discomfort
  • Aches and pains

Some of these problems can become severe enough to require major surgery, such as back surgery or joint replacement. They can also greatly reduce quality of life, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks, or even to leave the house.

The discomfort and inconvenience alone of obesity can be enough to severely limit your ability to fully participate in life. It can also contribute to negative self-esteem and other similar issues.

What to Do About Severe Obesity

Trying to correct the problem of obesity can be disheartening and demoralizing. The best and healthiest way to lose weight is, of course, diet and exercise. But trying one diet after another without significant results, trying to exercise and having to stop due to injury due to your excess weight—these can be enough to make you give up the battle altogether.

There are other options, though, to deal with severe obesity. Among these are weight loss surgery procedures. Gastric bypass, though a complex and invasive procedure, can have profound results in the long term for people who have struggled for years with severe obesity.

Less invasive, the relatively new LAP-BAND® procedure is also highly effective in facilitating extreme weight loss. Both gastric bypass and LAP-BAND® procedures decrease the size of the stomach, helping you to reduce the amount of food you consume.