Why Lose Weight?

Obesity causes shorter life expectancy and reduced quality of life. It is associated with a number of serious medical, physiological, psychological and social problems, as listed below.

The medical conditions that are caused by obesity are:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Snoring and obstruction to breathing when sleeping (Obstructive sleep apnoea)
  • Heartburn (“Reflux” disease)
  • Fatty liver disease and cirrhosis
  • Gallstone disease
  • High cholesterol level
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Joint problems (Osteoarthritis)
  • Infertility
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Lost of bladder control (urinary incontinence)
  • Blood clots in deep leg veins and in lungs
  • High pressures in brain fluid
  • Depression
  • Dementia

There are also a number of cancers that are found to be strongly associated with obesity such as:

  • Endometrial
  • Breast
  • Cervical
  • Colon
  • Melanoma
  • Oesophagus
  • Pancreas
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Prostate
  • Thyroid

Physiological consequences of obesity are:

  • Experiencing shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired more quickly
  • Difficulty in performing normal tasks, as movement becomes more difficult

Psychological and social consequences of obesity are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Negative self-image
  • Social discrimination and isolation