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Health Issues Related to Obesity

Excess weight and obesity are the No. 1 health problem today.

About 30 percent of the people in southwest Michigan are obese (Body Mass Index [BMI] of greater than 30), which is about the same as the obesity rate in the U.S.1,2 In fact, more than two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are either overweight or obese.3

Obesity not only affects your daily way of life and self-esteem, but it is also contributes to premature death and increases your risk for a number of medical conditions, including:4

  • Type 2 diabetes — More than 85 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
  • Coronary heart disease and stroke — People who are overweight are more likely to develop conditions that increase risk, including high blood pressure, ligh levels of triglycerides (blood fats), high LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and low HDL (good cholesterol.
  • Metabolic syndrome — A person has metabolic syndrome if he or she has three or more of these risk factors:
    • A large waistline (40 inches or more for men; 35 inches or more for women)
    • High triglycerides (over 150 mg/dL) or taking medicine to treat
    • Low levels of HDL (below 40 mg/dL for men; below 50 mg/dL for women) or taking medication to treat
    • High blood pressure (over 130/85) or taking medication to treat
    • High fasting blood glucose (over 100 mg/dL) or taking medication to treat
  • Certain types of cancer — Cancers including colon, esophagus and kidney; also uterine and postmenapausal breast cancer in women.
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Pregnancy complications

You may be able to reduce your health risks by losing weight, doing regular physical activity and eating healthfully.


1 Overweight and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Trends by State 1985-010. At Accessed Jan. 23, 2012.
2 Obesity Statistics in the United States (2010). National Conference of State Legislatures at: Accessed Jan. 23, 2012.
3 Overweight and Obesity Statistics, NIH Publication Number 04-4158. Available at Accessed Jan. 23, 2012.
4 Do You Know the Health Risks of Being Overweight?, NIH: No. 07-4098 (november 2004, updated October 2007) at Accessed Jan. 23, 2012.