Obesity Problems

Gallstones
Gallstones are clusters of solid material that form in the gallbladder. They are made mostly of cholesterol and can sometimes cause abdominal (stomach) or back pain.
 
People who are overweight have a higher risk for developing gallbladder disease and gallstones. These people may also produce more cholesterol, a risk factor for gallstones. Also, people who are overweight may have an enlarged gallbladder, which may not work properly.
 
Fatty Liver Disease
Fatty liver disease occurs when fat builds up in the liver cells and causes injury and inflammation in the liver. It can sometimes lead to severe liver damage, cirrhosis (buildup of scar tissue that blocks proper blood flow in the liver), or even liver failure. Fatty liver disease is similar to alcoholic liver damage, but it is not caused by alcohol and can occur in people who drink little or no alcohol.
 
People who have diabetes or "pre-diabetes" (when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet in the diabetic range) are more likely to have fatty liver disease than people without these conditions. Also, people who are overweight are more likely to have diabetes. It is not known why some people who are overweight or diabetic get fatty liver disease and others do not.
 

Other Obesity Problems

Besides the ones mentioned above, there are a number of other problems related to obesity. These include:
 
(Click BMI and Weight for more information on assessing your risk for obesity-related medical problems.)
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