Obesity increases systemic inflammation and the likelihood of respiratory stress which cannot only exacerbate asthma symptoms but also increase the likelihood of developing asthma.
Obesity (especially the morbid variety) has a direct impact on skin health in a number of ways. Stretch marks, varicose veins, skin tags, darkened skin patches, and skin infections are common among obese people. Blood circulation to the skin is altered by higher-than-normal levels of subcutaneous fat. Excess sweating can occur, the skin can dry out and cause psoriasis, and collagen production can be impeded.
Shedding the excess weight can dramatically improve the skin’s appearance, helping you look more vital and youthful.
According to the Obesity Action Coalition, depression and weight gain go hand-in-hand, with obese people being 20 percent more likely to feel depressed. But does depression cause weight gain, or does weight gain cause depression? Both, actually. Depression leads to a lack of activity and potential binge eating. Obesity affects self-esteem which can lead to depression.
By losing weight, you are helping to restore the natural balance of the body, which has a hormonal ripple effect that can drastically improve mood.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition, so it stands to reason that the inflammation associated with obesity can impact arthritic conditions. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage at the end of bones breaks down. Although this can occur naturally with age, excess weight further taxes the joints and wears down cartilage quicker. According to the Arthritis Foundation, every pound of excess weight results in an additional four pounds of added pressure on the knees. By dropping weight, you relieve the added stress and diminish the potential for arthritic problems.
Studies have linked obesity and high blood pressure with loss of memory and cognitive skills in people aged 50 and over. Other studies also determined that obese people who underwent bariatric surgery achieved improved memory 12 weeks after the fact.
It is also believed that middle-aged obesity heightens the risk of dementia later in life.
Sleep apnea can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more. Excess weight in the neck and trunk area can put stress on the respiratory system and cause sleep apnea.
Dieting and exercise are the healthiest options for losing weight, but when it comes to dramatic weight loss, lifestyle and dietary changes are sometimes not enough. Weight loss surgeries have become increasingly popular because they make it easier for obese people to jumpstart a successful lifestyle and dietary changes that can dramatically improve the quality of life. But losing weight is just the tip of the iceberg.