Being overweight or obese is not only something that can affect the way you look, but can also harm your health. Here are 6 ways obesity can harm you.
Could be the cause of clinical depression, anxiety and other mental disorders: According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, conducted over three decades on women found that obesity and other mental health conditions were closely related. The study found that a BMI greater than or equal to 30, significantly increased the odds of women suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) by 6.27 and 5.25 times respectively. Yet another study published in Archives of general psychiatry, found a definite link between obesity and depression. Stating that obesity increased the risk of a person suffering from depression.
Leads to fertility and menstrual problems: Due to the excess weight and fat tissue, your body tries to compensate for their presence by releasing hormones (wither higher amounts or lower amounts) this tends to affect your reproductive organs too. Women who are obese often have trouble conceiving, may have menstrual disturbances and could also suffer from PCOD or PCOS.
Leads to snoring and sleep apnoea: Obesity is a cause for snoring and sleep apnoea. This is because all the excess fat around your chest, neck and face tends to press down on your wind pipe when you lie down, which restricts your breathing — which is why you snore. But that’s not all, due to the lack of air entering your body when you sleep, you will tend suffer from disturbed sleep and insomnia. Apart from that this also tends to stress your heart and lungs making you prone to lung and heart related ailments.
Affects you skin’s texture: When you are obese your hormones tend to malfunction which in turn affects your skin too. Obesity not only stretches your skin making it more prone to common infections but it also leads to less blood flow to the layer of your skin which causes it to thicken and darken (a condition known as acanthosis nigricans). Apart from that it can also lead to the formation of ulcers, especially along the lower limbs — known as a condition stasis dermatitis and acne.
Increase blood sugar level
Puts you at risk of suffering from diabetes: Even moderate obesity can put you at a much greater risk of suffering from Type 2 diabetes. This is because excess fat in your body makes your body resistant to insulin (a hormone that aids in the breakdown of sugars) which leads to diabetes.
Affects the functioning of your lungs: With all the pressure present around your lungs, it tends to push down on the organs and lead decreased lung function. This not only stresses your lungs to work better, but it also causes your other organs to function less optimally due to the lack of oxygen.
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