Development and Side Effects of Obesity

Obesity and overweight problems have become common these days and more so in the developed and developing countries of the world. The increase in the percentage of this condition is mainly attributed to the increase in the consumption of junk food and other lifestyle issues. Obesity is nothing less than a disease and it is something that the doctors of entire world are concerned about. However, many people think this just to be a cosmetic problem. Obesity is much more than as it makes the concerned person susceptible for a wide range of health problems. Some of the common side effects of obesity as mentioned by weight loss clinics in Phoenix are lack of energy, excessive pressure on the knees, unable to walk or run or do any other physical activities for a long time etc. However, there are other serious side effects of being obese for a long time and some of them have been mentioned below. 

Coronary Heart Disease:

The risk of coronary heart disease or CHD rises with the rise in the body mass index. CHD is a condition when a waxy substance or plaque starts to build up in the arteries. Thus the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is affected and this can even lead to a heart attack as well or Agina (chest pain).

Weight loss clinic in virginia beach and elsewhere claim that obesity can also lead to heart failure and this is a pretty serious condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood as per the need of the body.

High Blood Pressure

As the heart pumps blood, the blood exerts a pressure on the walls of the arteries and this is termed as blood pressure. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure and this not good for the general health of the body. Hence, Phoenix weight loss clinics claim that it is really important to maintain a healthy weight as that is a prerequisite of a healthy body.


As already mentioned, building of plaque in the arteries is a side effect of obesity. If such an area ruptures, it can cause a blood clot. If this happens near the brain, it can disrupt the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain and that can lead to a stroke. The risk rises if your BMI rises.

Type II diabetes

Diabetes as we all know is a condition when the blood sugar level is high in the body. In case of type of II diabetes, the cells are unable to use insulin properly and the blood sugar level goes out of control.

Diabetes can be a cause of early death, kidney disease, stroke, CHD, blindness etc. Overweight people are more prone to type II diabetes.

Abnormal body fats

Having abnormal levels of fats in the blood is yet another side effect of being obese or overweight. This means triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels goes up and the level of good cholesterol goes down. This also increases the chances of CHD.

Metabolic Syndrome

This includes a group of risk factors that increases the risk of heart diseases and the diagnosis for the same is done by any one/two of all of the following:

>A large waistline that happens due to the buildup of fat along the waist area and also other areas like the hips

>A high triglyceride levels

>A high blood pressure levels

>A high level of bad cholesterol

>A high blood sugar level

Less common side effects of obesity as stated by doctors of weight loss clinics include cancer, arthritis, gallstones, reproductive problems in women etc.

Dr. Gershon Steven Gershon, M.D., is the medical director at Gershon Pain Specialists in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor with specialties in pain management and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, he provides compassionate care that incorporates traditional, alternative, and holistic therapies for the best patient outcomes.

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