The Center for Disease Control reports that 40% of Americans are clinically obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. Seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. have connections to obesity. These include heart disease, cancer (breast and colon), stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, Nephritis, and suicide.
Obesity is not an issue with body image as much as a metabolic disease. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, or acid reflux disease and you have a BMI of at least 40, you could be obese and eligible for bariatric surgery. Obesity can be the cause of these complications as well as colon, breast, and endometrial cancer.
With the myriad of complications that come with obesity, it has become less of an issue and more of a life-threatening matter. It’s essential that if you are obese and having trouble with losing weight, you see a doctor and examine options that could help you lose weight.