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What is the effect of weight gain on health?

Michael B. Finkelstein, MD
Internal Medicine
If we struggle with our weight, we may experience anything along the spectrum of physical and emotional difficulties. We may suffer from diabetes, heart disease or chronic pain that is triggered by carrying around more than our frame can handle. We may have difficulty walking, cycling, swimming or engaging in other physical activity -- further exacerbating the core problem of weight management by causing us to live a relatively sedentary life. Additionally, we may feel crippling discomfort in our bodies, and -- given our society’s biases about size -- shame about how we look, leading to isolation, depression and even self-hatred. All of these struggles in turn may set off a chain reaction of difficulties, adversely impacting our lives socially, professionally, financially, medically and more.  

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