Obesity: What are some risk factors?

Obesity increases diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. According to ABCnews, “10 percent of all gallbladder, kidney, liver, and colon cancer could be attributed to excess weight” (page 1). America is known to have 36% of people with obesity.

There are a few effects of obesity:


1.  Cancer

  • The study shows that “5.4 million people”  an increase in body mass index (BMI) would result in additional cancers annually.
  • Obesity contributes 34,000 new cases of cancer in men and 50,000 in women annually.
  • These cases can be avoided if both genders lose 2.2 pounds.

Here is a video on  a link between cancer and obesity :

2. Migraines

  • People with higher BMI, have a higher chance of having episodic migraines.
  • Women over the age of 50 suffered from chronic headaches.

3. Infertility

  • Women have a difficult time getting pregnant, 90% of them developed polycystic ovarian disease ( a condition related to infertility, over a  3 year period).
    • Many women were able to concieve after weight-loss surgery

Here is a video that gives you more details on Infertility and BMI:


3. Premature babies

  • Obesity in women increase the chances of having premature babies. BMI  of 35 or over.
  • Having too much fat may inflame and weaken the uterine and cervical membranes.
  • Premature birth causes infant death and long-term disabilities

4. Sleeping difficulty

  • 80% of older obese Americans have a difficult time sleeping.
  • Poor sleep brings on secondary conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and more obesity
  • The most highest health danger is sleep apnea ( a condition in which a person stops breathing for  a few minutes while sleep).
  • “Sleep apnea can be caused by increase fat around the neck that presses down and closes off the soft tissues of the airways while a person is lying down” (page 6).
  • Due to the difficulty of breathing it causes less oxygen into the blood stream

5. Bullied

  • Weight is the number one factor that people are bullied, it causes many tp have suicide thoughts, low self-esteem, and depression.
    • One can lose weight by offering support and encouragement

6. Difficult to find Physician

    • Difficulty finding the right doctor to help them with their weight loss
    • Many switch their providers if the physician is overweight

7.  Less pay

    • “Wider waistbands seem to widen the pay gap” ( page 9).
    • Obese women made less money then obese men

 8 Misconceptions of Losing weight 

Here are some myths to weight loss:

  1. Slow Weight is  Better Weight Loss
  • According to a research study, people who lost weigh faster were able to keep up with their track.
  • People who lost weight slowly, went back to their old habits
  • Weight loss boosts confidence and gives motivation to keep up with their diet, exercise routines, and healthy lifestyle.

2. Realistic Weight Loss Goal

  • Have goals that are easy to reach.
    • For example, beginners can go to the gym once a week and them increase their exercise routine.
    • You can’t stop eating bread that whole week , it has to start with small steps, such as eating less bread

3. You must be ready to lose weight

  • Don’t focus on weight loss in order to lighten up on the pounds
  • Weight loss centers provide diet readiness questionnaire to assess them
  • Willingness to change starts within the individual

4.  Physical education class

  • Exercises for 30 minutes in class will not help loss weight
  • They need to be instructed to loss weight throughout the week

5. “Breastfeeding protects against Obesity”

  • This is false
  • There is no proven factor that breast feeding reduces weight loss
  • It’s a myth

6.  “Never weigh yourself”

– When you weigh yourself daily, you will be able to lose weight

  • When weighing yourself weekly, you will gain weight by not keeping track of your weight

7.  “Genes Aren’t Your Problem”

  • Genes play a big factor in weight gain
  • Epigenetic is an environmental and gene factor that your previous generations had impacted on you
    • For example, your mom and dads diet and exercise routine

8. “ Foods Deserts Make You Fat”

  • Poor BMIs and poor health is connected to area food accessibility.
  • There is no guarantee for residents  intake vegetables and fruits when they have access to them

Here is a video on ways to eat healthy and not starve yourself to lose weight:


Here is a break down of losing weight:


Here are some ways you can lose weight by WebMD:

1.Don’t subtract food, add food.

  •  Eat more vegetables and fruits it will help, and low- calorie food.
  • Low-calorie food can be reduced fat cheese, low-fat ice cream, and less heavy calories in food.
  • Eat fiber
  • Drink water, and skip out on beer.

2. Don’t work out, do something you love:

  • Burn calories by riding bikes, hiking, washing the car, and other activities that require movement.

3. Go walking for a few minutes on a sunny day.

4. Drink a glass of water before eating a meal.

5.  Share a meal when going to a restaurant.

  • Eating less portions in small bowls and plates.

6.  Try dancing to music when your favorite tune is on. Also, Walk on a treadmill or lift some weights while the commercial is on. All activity throughout the day counts.

7. Always keep yourself occupied so you can skip out on eating on your free time.

8. Become part of the WebMD weight loss community members.





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