Health Risks of Obesity

We've all heard the statistics that Americans - young and old - are getting heavier. Being overweight affects more than just how your jeans fit. If you are significantly overweight, it directly affects your health and your ability to live an active lifestyle.

The health risks of obesity include the following life-threatening conditions:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • gallbladder disease
  • many types of cancer
  • high blood cholesterol
  • arthritis and joint pain
  • sleep apnea
  • fatty liver disease
  • severe pancreatitis
  • stroke

When high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes occur together, they are now grouped under a name called metabolic syndrome. When patients have these health risks - even at borderline levels - they are known to be at significantly increased risk for death. 

But you can do something about it. The Beaumont Diet has a proven record of helping patients lose weight and keep it off. Your weight loss team – including a dietitian, an exercise physiologist, a psychologist and a physician – create a personalized plan to achieve your goals.

Bariatric surgery may also be an option. This comprehensive program can help you lose weight and keep it off.