Health Effects of Obesity

Impact of Weight Loss
Weight loss usually improves sleep apnea. It also may help to decrease neck size and lessen inflammation.


Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease, especially in older people. In osteoarthritis, cartilage has worn away, which allows bones to rub together. Common symptoms include joint pain and limited movement. This condition is one of the most frequent causes of physical disability among adults, especially those ages 65 or older.
Link to Obesity
Extra weight may place extra pressure on joints and cartilage, causing them to wear away. In addition, people with more body fat may have higher blood levels of substances that cause inflammation. Inflammation at the joints may raise the risk for osteoarthritis.
Impact of Weight Loss
Weight loss can decrease stress on your knees, hips, and lower back, and lessen inflammation in your body. If you have osteoarthritis, losing weight may help improve your symptoms.

Gallbladder Problems

Gallstones are clusters of solid material that form in the gallbladder. They are made mostly of cholesterol, and can sometimes cause abdominal or back pain.
Link to Obesity
People who are overweight have a higher risk for developing gallbladder disease and gallstones. They may produce more cholesterol -- a risk factor for gallstones. Also, people who are overweight may have an enlarged gallbladder, which may not work properly.
Impact of Weight Loss
Weight loss -- especially fast weight loss (more than 3 pounds per week) or loss of a large amount of weight -- can actually increase your chances of developing gallstones. Modest, slow weight loss of about ½ to 2 pounds a week is less likely to cause gallstones.
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