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What are the problems associated with being obese?

Tonya Bolden
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Being obese puts you at greater risk of contracting type 2 diabetes and other illnesses. “Obesity is associated with more than 30 medical conditions, and scientific evidence has established a strong relationship with at least 15 of those conditions,” says the American Obesity Association (AOA). Its list of these conditions includes:

-Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)

-Cancers (among them, cancer of the breast, colon, and esophagus)

-Cardiovascular disease

-Carpal tunnel syndrome

-Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in a lower leg, for example)

-End stage renal disease (total or almost total kidney failure)

-Gallbladder disease

-Hypertension

-Infertility

-Liver disease

-Low back pain

-Obstetric and gynecologic complications

-Pancreatitis

-Sleep apnea

-Stroke

-Urinary stress incontinence
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