Obesity-related health conditions can significantly impact a person’s life expectancy. Some of the more common conditions brought on or complicated by obesity include:
Joint Strain and Osteoarthritis. Excess weight placed on joints, particularly the knees and hips, results in rapid wear and tear, along with pain caused by inflammation. Additionally, bones and muscles of the back are continually strained resulting in disc problems, pain and reduced mobility.
Acid Reflux and Heartburn. When stomach acid escapes into the esophagus through a weak or overloaded valve at the top of the stomach, the result is gastroesophageal reflux, which causes “heartburn” and acid indigestion.
Depression. Obesity causes constant emotional challenges often brought on by failed dieting, disapproval from family and friends, and negative reactions from strangers. Some may experience discrimination at work or in public settings.
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