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12 Reasons How Extra Pounds Can Affect Your Body


Mariya O. Pogorelova, MD
Internal Medicine
Mercyhealth Mall Clinic
1010 N. Washington St., Janesville, WI 53548
(608) 741-2430

Excessive pounds (obesity, being overweight) do more than increase your weight—they increase your risk of major health problems. People who are overweight or obese (BMI 30 or more) are more likely to have heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and depression. Here are 12 other reasons how too many extra pounds affects your body:

  1. Excessive weight is also associated with a higher risk of cancers such as prostate, colon, breast,  uterine and kidney. The National Cancer Institute associates 34,000 new cases of cancer in men and 50,000 in women each year with obesity.
  2. Excessive weight is the major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes (also known as adult onset diabetes) because the body gets resistant to insulin, or the hormone responsible for the blood sugar utilization.
  3. If you have excessive weight, you might have elevated cholesterol including “bad” cholesterol responsible for increased risk of cardiovascular decease.
  4. High blood pressure (or hypertension) is also associated with excessive weight.
  5. More weight makes the heart work harder to pump blood, so obesity is associated with heart enlargement (or weakening of heart muscles.)
  6. Blood vessels hardening (or atherosclerosis) are also another common problem caused by excessive weight, which may lead to heart attack.
  7. Fat accumulation around the neck area may cause obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where airways close up during sleep and prevent normal oxygen delivery to the body. This can lead to heart enlargement and premature death. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause symptoms of fatigue and decreased energy. It can also negatively affect concentration and memory. Some of the symptoms of the obstructive sleep apnea can be snoring and persistent desire to take nap during daytime.
  8. Excessive weight can decrease fertility rate or can increase chance of premature birth.
  9. Obesity has been associated with higher rate of osteoarthritis, wear and tear of joints.
  10. Excessive weight leads to heartburn and stomach problems such as constipation, belching, bloating and gallbladder decease.
  11. Obese people are more predisposed to depression (caused by social isolation and lower self-esteem.)
  12. Finally, excessive weight leads to lower life expectancy. According to the National Institute of Health, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, close behind tobacco use. An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to obesity epidemic.

I have been successfully helping people lose excessive weight with Mercyhealth’s Weight Management Program. The program addresses the problems being overweight and/or obese, enabling people to regain control of their lives and their health by giving them the necessary life skills to lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle. The program provides participants necessary and useable information, structure and tools to achieve their desired state of weight loss, nutrition and activity level to promote healing in its broadest sense.

Feel free to contact me for an evaluation at (608) 741-2430 or CLICK HERE.

Dr. Pogorelova is a board certified internal medicine physician. She sees patients at Mercyhealth Mall Clinic in Janesville and the Mercyhealth Weight Management Program.