Harmful effects of excess weight
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Myth: I can live a long healthy life even if I am obese

Fact: Obesity may shorten your lifespan

Obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. These conditions reduce the quality of life of the person suffering from them and may even be life-threatening. So, obesity may increase chances of early death.

If a person has a BMI* more than or equal to 40 kg/m2, the risk of death is doubled as compared to a person with normal BMI. Worldwide, obesity-related conditions cause almost 25 lakh deaths per year.1

Even a small amount of weight loss, can reduce the chances of developing high risk diseases like diabetes and heart problems.1

*BMI or Body mass index is a measure of body fat based on height and weight

Disclaimer: Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.

Ref: 1. Brethauer S, Kashyap S, Schauer P. Obesity. [internet]. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Center for Continuing Education. 2013. [cited 2015 Nov 27] Available from: http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/endocrinology/obesity/