What diseases does obesity cause?

There are many . What does this mean for us?

First of all, obesity means you weigh at least 20% more than what is considered a normal weight for your height.


Obesity is not permanent


This makes us unhealthy and more likely to get develop some diseases, for example:

Heart disease and stroke

Obesity makes us more likely to have and high cholesterol. Both of those conditions make heart disease or stroke more likely.

But since obesity doesn’t have to be a permanent condition, risk isn’t permanent as well.

Losing a small amount of weight can reduce your chances of developing heart disease or a stroke.

 Type 2 Diabetes

Most people who have type 2 diabetes are obese. You can lower down your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing weight, getting adequate sleep and exercising more.

If you have type 2 diabetes, losing weight and becoming more physically active can help control your blood sugar levels.

Diseases caused by obesity


You are more likely to get cancer of the colon, breast, endometrium, kidney, and esophagus if you are obese.

Some studies have also reported links between obesity and cancers of the gallbladder, ovaries, and pancreas.


Gout is a disease that affects the joints. It happens when you have too much uric acid in your blood.

The extra uric acid can form crystals that deposit in the joints.

Gout is more common for overweight people. The more you weigh, the more likely you are to get gout.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a breathing condition, and overweight persons are more likely to get it.

It can cause a person to snore heavily and to briefly stop breathing during sleep, daytime sleepiness and make heart disease and stroke more likely.