The Negative Health Effects of Obesity

The Negative Health Effects of Obesity

We have all heard about the serious health problems that are associated with obesity. These are serious matters, and not only can they result in death, but they can drastically alter your overall quality of life. It’s for that reason that many people are turning to bariatric surgery and other weight loss methods in order to reach a more ideal weight. We’d like to take a few moments to look into these matters right now.

About Obesity

Obesity refers to a condition in which a person carries too much excess body fat for their height and weight. This is usually determined by looking at a person’s body mass index, or BMI. This is the person’s mass divided by the square of their height.

Normal BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. Being overweight is a BMI of 25.0 to 29.9. Obesity is when the BMI is 30.0 and above. While there are BMI anomalies, these numbers hold for the vast majority of the population.

The Difference Between Obesity and Morbid Obesity

There are different classifications of obesity based on the BMI and amount of excess body fat. Generally these classifications breaks down as follows:

  • Obesity – BMI of 30.0 to 34.9
  • Severe Obesity – BMI of 35.0 to 40.0
  • Morbid Obesity – BMI of 40.0 to 44.9 (also anyone with a BMI of 35.0 or higher experiencing serious health problems)
  • Super Obesity – BMI of 45.0 and higher

Speaking with a weight loss surgeon at any of these levels of obesity can greatly help you avoid major health problems.

Commonly Known Health Problems Associated with Obesity

Below are some of the well-known health problems that are associated with obesity and morbid obesity.

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallstones

Other Health Problems Related to Obesity

There are other serious conditions that occur as a result of obesity. These are as follows:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia/sleeping disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Increased risk of infertility
  • Increased risk of premature birth

Treatment Options to Consider

In order to address and mitigate the above health issues, it’s important that you lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways to go about this.

For people who have pressing and urgent need to lose weight due to potential health risks, bariatric surgery such as gastric sleeve is a good option. By undergoing weight loss surgery, you can lose weight quickly yet safely and prevent possible heart attack or stroke.

If you can avoid surgery, that is actually more ideal. Working with weight loss specialists and dieticians, natural weight loss is possible, even for people who are suffering from super obesity. There are plenty of ways to keep the weight off and properly managed through natural means as well

What We Can Do for You

During the consultation process, we can help you consider all of your options for achieving a more ideal weight and leading a healthy lifestyle. This means surgery as well as non-surgical options. By doing so with your best interests in mind, we will put you on the road to total wellness and put you in control of your health.

Learn More About Treatments for Obesity

For more information about obesity, its health effects, and what you can do to improve your overall health and well-being, be sure to contact our Arlington and Dallas weight loss surgery centers today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible wellness through effective care.


At Minimally Invasive Bariatrics, we focus on thoroughly educating our patients, offering a wide range of surgical options, and providing comprehensive follow-up care. We believe that these are the factors that can make the difference between a successful procedure and one that does not produce the desired result

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