It is commonly known and scientifically proven that obesity predisposes you to many diseases. Obesity is when a person has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater or an increase percentage of adipose (fat) mass. 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 people with obesity. As you age physical disability is also a major problem due to the effect of weight on joints. Cognition or how you process information, your memory, comprehension, problem solving and 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 your quality of life.
By Molly McBrayer, clinical manager, Roper St. Francis Bariatrics & Metabolic Services