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Consequences of Obesity

The consequences of obesity can be split into three groups, physical, psychological and social. You can find out more about these below:

Effects Of Obesity


People who are overweight have an increased risk of:

In addition to the above, obesity can reduce your life expectancy by up to 9 years and many chronic diseases can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight.

Being overweight can also put extra pressure on joints and limbs, making activity quite difficult and sometimes any movement at all can be painful.

Other physical problems caused by obesity are that obese women who become pregnant have a higher risk pregnancy that than of a healthy weight.

Obese children and young people face the same health risks as adults. Whilst symptoms may not become apparent until later in life, in many cases, damage from being overweight as a child has already been done. Making it very important that the children reach a healthy weight as early as possible. In reality we are now seeing children so obese that they are suffering from conditions usually only associated with adults e.g. Type 2 Diabetes.

It’s not all doom and gloom as there is help available if you are overweight or obese. It is a condition that you CAN do something about.

The great news is that by reducing body weight by just 5-10%, health risks are dramatically reduced. Losing weight also means levels of activity can be increased – contributing towards further weight loss.


Studies have shown that obesity can lead to psychological problems such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low quality of life
  • Low self-esteem
  • Body dissatisfaction

Studies have shown that obese children rate their quality of life lower than those children with cancer.

Weight gain has also been linked with poor concentration levels, poor academic success and social exclusion in school.

  • More likely to suffer from prejudice and discrimination in some situations (for example employment, travel, schooling, healthcare, retail etc)
  • Fewer friends
  • Lower educational attainment
  • Lower employment
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