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How does being overweight harm my health?

Eric Olsen
Fitness
Excess body weight simply makes it harder to get around. We feel continually sluggish and fatigued. Life becomes a burden. Excess weight also puts an extra burden on the back and legs, increasing the risk of degenerative diseases such as arthritis and low-back pain. Excess weight strains the heart and circulatory system, increases blood pressure, and vastly increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Obesity increases the risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, and gallstones, and probably at least some cancers, including prostate, breast, and colon cancer. In cases of severe obesity, fat crowds the spaces between organs, making it difficult to breathe, which makes it even more difficult to be active, leading to still more obesity.
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