Obesity Health Risks

In the last few decades in the United States, we have seen a marked rise in the number of people who are considered obese by medical professionals. Obesity occurs when someone’s weight is much higher than what would be considered healthy for their height and frame.

People who are obese or struggling to maintain a healthy weight are more likely than the average person to suffer from various health concerns, such as high blood pressure and Type II diabetes. Children in particular, can be affected by various health concerns at a very young age, which will continue to affect them for the rest of their lives.

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People suffering from Obesity are at a greater risk of obtaining cancers of the Esophagus, Pancreas, Colon and rectum, Breast (specifically after menopause), Endometrium (uterine lining), Kidney, Thyroid and Gallbladder among others.

Obesity leads to fatty tissues in the body producing an excess of the hormone estrogen, which is directly related to many breast and endometrial cancers. Obesity often co-occurs with higher levels of insulin and insulin-like growth hormones in the blood, which can increase the risk of certain tumors. Those who are struggling to keep their weight under control may also have a higher than usual level of leptin, which is known to increase cell growth. By lowering their weight through healthy lifestyle changes, most people can reduce their risk of obesity co-occurring cancers.


The relationship between obesity and dementia is complex. Some research has indicated that people who are obese during the middle of their lives are more likely to develop dementia as they age. However, when researchers looked more specifically at the elderly population, those who were underweight were more likely to be struggling with dementia and memory issues.

While the research is not 100% clear, the overall health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle seem clear, and likely to prevent many of the other age related problems that can arise from having an above average weight.


Studies have shown that carrying more weight increases the risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot in your legs. The risk is particularly high among women with an above average weight.

Blood clots carry a wide variety of risks. A piece of the clot can break off and become stuck in your lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism, and can be fatal. A DVT can also cause serious damage to the veins in your legs, which can cause swelling, discoloration, and pain. If you believe you have a blood clot, this is considered a medical emergency, and you should seek treatment immediately.


If you are struggling to maintain a healthy weight or have been diagnosed as Obese, visit Prana to keep track of any health concerns you may be prone to. Dr Rahul Kakkar of Prana Health is certified in obesity medicine, making him an ideal person to help you determine the factors that are affecting your health, and devise a solution for you. Contact us today to improve your life in crucial ways.