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6.2: Diseases Associated with Excessive Body Fat

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  • According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a wide array of diseases can be linked to excessive body fat.2 Some of them are:

    • Type II Diabetes Mellitus

    • Hypertension

    • Cancer

    • Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke)

    • Cardiovascular Disease

    • Metabolic Syndrome

    • Lung Disorders

      • Sleep Apnea
      • Asthma

    • Musculoskeletal Diseases

      • Osteoarthritis
      • Gout

    • Gallbladder Disease

    • Pancreatitis

    • Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease

    • Dementia

    • Psychological Problems and Quality of Life

    • Kidney Disease

    • Pregnancy Problems

    An explanation of how being overweight relates to each disease (those highlighted) can be viewed by clicking on the following link.

    NIH-Explanation of Disease Risk Associated with Overweight