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Excess weight is linked to a myriad of diseases

Being overweight has long been recognized as a prelude to many health problems but a study has defined the illnesses that being overweight can bring about. It has been found to be a causal factor in 41 disease groups including asthma, heart failure, high blood pressure, depression, fatigue, osteoarthritis and stress. Being overweight was linked to 37 of the 41 examined conditions in women and 29 out of the 41 for men. Morbid obesity in women increased the risk of diabetes (by 12 times), knee replacement (by 12 times), heart failure (by 6 times), high blood pressure (by 5 times), gallbladder removal (by 5 times), lung clots (by 4 times) and chronic fatigue and insomnia (by 4 times). Morbid obesity in men is linked to an increase in the risk of such conditions as diabetes (by 8 times), knee replacement (by 6 times), high blood pressure (by 6 times), heart failure (by 4 times) and fatigue, lack of energy and insomnia (by 4 times).

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About: Excess weight is linked to a myriad of diseases

Date: 25 November 2004

Source: Web MD Health

Author: Miranda Hitti

URL: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/97/104225.htm

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