Obesity Problems

High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is a measure of the pressure inside your blood vessels, both while the heart is beating and while it is relaxed. Naturally, high blood pressure is when the pressure within your blood vessels is too high. This is also known as hypertension.
 
About 65 million American adults (nearly one in three) have high blood pressure, making it the most common cardiovascular disease. Approximately 41 percent of obese people have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are at an increased risk for a number of serious health problems, including heart disease and strokes (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
 
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Cancer
Being overweight may increase the risk of developing several types of cancer. For men, obesity increases the risk for:
 
For women, obesity increases the risk for:
 
Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interruptions of a person's breathing while he or she is asleep. People with sleep apnea often suffer from loud snoring and daytime sleepiness.
 
The risk for sleep apnea is higher for people who are obese. A person who is obese may have more fat stored around his or her neck. This may make the airway smaller. A smaller airway can make breathing difficult, loud (cause snoring), or stop breathing altogether.
 
In addition, fat stored in the neck and throughout the body can produce substances that cause inflammation. Inflammation in the neck, therefore, may be a risk factor for sleep apnea.
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