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Why is Obesity So Dangerous?

Posted 12/05/2012 | By HealthCorps

Researchers are beginning to discover the wide reach excess pounds have when it comes to risk factors and disease implications.  Fat produces hormones, inflammatory molecules, and other chemicals that can target organs and distant body parts  (http://live.wsj.com/video/can-obesity-change-your-sense-of-smell/1E9115D1-82C3-4E09-B779-FFC01546729A.html#!1E9115D1-82C3-4E09-B779-FFC01546729A).   Individuals who are obese also have poorer quality sleep, and complain of daytime tiredness more so than their thinner counterparts.  Infertility and sexual dysfunction are both risk factors found in obese individuals.  And tumors grow faster in the presence of fat.

Carrying around excess weight also interferes with your quality of life.  It’s difficult to move around when you carry a significant number of extra pounds.  The wear and tear on your hips, knees and joints can cause daily pain and lead to arthritic changes.  Those changes can even start in childhood or your teen years, if you’re overweight or obese.  So it’s never too early to think about dietary improvements and exercise since both can help to prevent weight gain or help you to modify your weight issues.

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