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Does being overweight lead to any medical risks?

Yes being overweight can increase your risk of developing several chronic health conditions. Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 is strongly associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and colorectal cancer, prostate cancer in men, breast, cervical and ovarian cancer in women, arthritis, low back pain, knee injuries, and lower life expectancy.  If you’re concerned about your current weight and health, consult your physician or primary medical care provider about starting a diet and exercise program to lose weight and improve your health.

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