Recognizing the Health Consequences of Obesity  

Excess weight, especially abdominal obesity, significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure. 

Obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, as excess fat tissue impairs insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. 

Obesity is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, including breast, colorectal, endometrial, kidney, and pancreatic cancers. 

Excessive body weight places added stress on weight-bearing joints such as knees, hips, and spine, leading to osteoarthritis and chronic joint pain. 

Fat accumulation around the chest and abdomen restricts lung expansion, causing breathing difficulties and increasing the risk of respiratory infections 

Obesity disrupts hormonal balance, leading to irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women. 

The healthcare costs associated with obesity-related diseases place a significant burden on individuals, families, and healthcare systems.

Obesity is often accompanied by psychological issues such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety, stemming from societal stigma and body image concerns. 

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