Hey America! Extra Pounds = Extra Risk!

Posted 02/06/2013 | By HealthCorps

A new poll conducted by AP-NORC Center suggests that few Americans recognize all the health risks associated with obesity.  Carrying too many pounds can contribute to or worsen certain cancers, arthritis, the condition sleep apnea, and possibly decrease fertility.  If you become pregnant and are seriously overweight or obese, you can contribute to future health problems in your unborn child.  Yet somehow, the only risks or diseases that most Americans attribute to obesity are heart disease and diabetes.  Based on surveys, the other risk factors or diseases do not appear to be on the radar.

Just think about the extra pressure on your knees and ankles when you carry excess weight.  That pressure is associated with an increased risk of osteoarthritis. Think about how “fat can feed breast cancer, “a theory offered by more than one study.

Carrying extra weight is also associated with sleep disturbances and sleep apnea in particular.  Despite all these connections, only 52% of those surveyed in the poll said they’ve actually discussed excess weight with their doctor.

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