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What is Obesity?
What is Morbid Obesity?
Health Risks of Obesity
Morbid obesity brings with it an increased risk for a shorter life expectancy. For individuals whose weight exceeds twice their ideal body weight (1 in 3 people are either overweight or obese, according to the CDC), the risk of an early death is doubled compared to non-obese individuals. The risk of death from diabetes or heart attack is five to seven times greater. Yet an early death is not the only potential consequence. Social, psychological and economic effects of morbid obesity, however unfair, are real and can be especially devastating.
Obesity-related health conditions, whether alone or in combination, can significantly reduce your life expectancy. Some life threatening health conditions associated with obesity include diabetes, hypertension, depression, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, polycystic ovary disease, etc. Your doctor can provide you with a more detailed and complete list.