Health Consequences of Overweight and Obesity

Overweight and obesity are associated with significant health issues and a decrease in longevity. Research shows that as body weight increases, so does the risk for many health conditions including:

  • Diabetes

  • Sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Musculoskeletal disorders

  • Cancer (endometrial, breast and colon)

  • Depression

  • Gynecologial problems (abnormal periods, infertility)

  • Liver and gallbladder disease

  • Mortality


The Costs of Obesity

Problems with our weight often come with high costs; our health, our memory, our mood,  our quality of life, and sometimes even our lovelife. The direct costs of obesity are those that result from health services such as medical and surgical care, medications, blood tests and other diagnostic testing. But there are indirect costs as well, such as absences from work, the higher life insurance premiums, and maybe even lower wages.


Are You at Increased Risk?

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by calculating your body mass index (BMI). BMI is a pretty good indicator of the amount of body fat and a good gauge for your risk for diseases that can occur with excess body fat. BMI is calculated using your height and weight measurements. Click here to determine your BMI.


Calculate Your Health Risks

Calculate your BMI and use the table below to determine your weight classification and associated risk for disease.