Health Effects of Obesity

Link to Obesity
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. In fact, blood pressure rises as body weight increases.
 
Impact of Weight Loss
Losing even 10 pounds can lower blood pressure -- and it has the greatest effect for those who are overweight and already have hypertension.
 
(Click Weight and High Blood Pressure for more information.)
 

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is made in your body. Cholesterol is also in some foods that you eat. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. However, if too much cholesterol gets into your blood, it can cause problems. This is known as high cholesterol. Over time, high cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, which is a condition where blood vessels narrow and harden because of the buildup of plaque, which is a collection of cholesterol, fats, and other debris. This increases a person's risk for heart disease, stroke, or a heart attack (see Effects of High Cholesterol).
 
Link to Obesity
Overweight or obesity increases the risk of developing high cholesterol. Specifically, obesity has been linked to increases in total cholesterol, LDL ("bad cholesterol"), and triglycerides but to decreases in HDL ("good cholesterol").
 
Impact of Weight Loss
A little weight loss can decrease your cholesterol level by about 10 percent. Weight management is especially important for those with a group of risk factors that includes high triglyceride and/or low HDL levels and being overweight with a large waist measurement (more than 40 inches for men and more than 35 inches for women).
 
Your healthcare provider will probably suggest both a low fat/low cholesterol diet and moderate exercise if you are overweight (see Exercise and Cholesterol).
 
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