Obesity can have highly detrimental effects in the long run.
What starts out as a bit of a weight issue can easily snow ball into a host of issues that undermine health.
Being overweight leads a person’s body to demand more in terms of nutrition to maintain a large physique. Further, the person has to exert harder than normal to fulfil ordinary tasks. Both these factors place tremendous strain on the heart which in turn compromises its ability to pump blood. This could easily lead to failure.
People who are overweight or obese compromise their body’s ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels, and are therefore more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Obesity can hamper the functioning of the lungs. It is thought to limit the expansion of the lungs which can impair lung function. Asthma is a condition whereby one’s airways can narrow and produce extra mucus causing symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. A person who is affected by obesity has a higher chance of developing asthma.
Bad cholesterol (triglycerides and LDL) tends to be high if you are obese, while good cholesterol (HDL) is lowered. This increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Being overweight can cause you to tire easily. That’s because your body has to work harder than normal to do everyday activities.
Obesity can cause shortness of breath as extra weight in the chest and abdomen increases the load on the muscles that control breathing.