It is commonly known and scientifically proven that obesity predisposes people to many diseases. Obesity is when a person has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. The majority of organs and body systems are negatively affected by obesity.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and certain cancers are more common in patients with obesity. As persons age, physical disability is also a major problem due to the effect of weight on joints.
Cognition or how a person processes information, their memory, comprehension and problem solving along with decision making is also affected by obesity. All of these functions are known to deteriorate with age and studies show that they deteriorate more quickly in a person with obesity.
Lastly, one of the major problems with obesity is quality of life. Obesity has scientifically shown to decrease a person’s quality of life.
Learn more about obesity, how it affects your body and options to manage your weight.
By Molly McBrayer, clinical manager, Roper St. Francis Bariatrics & Metabolic Services