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Why is it important to lose weight?
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Dr. Lisa Hogan
Surgery
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In brief: Health risks
Obesity can lead to reduced life expectancy and/or health problems.
Body mass index (bmi) compares wt to ht; overweight bmi is 25-30 kg/m2; obese bmi is > 30 kg/m2. Obesity increases the likelihood of heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes. If you are not overweight then you do not need to lose weight.

In brief: Health risks
Obesity can lead to reduced life expectancy and/or health problems.
Body mass index (bmi) compares wt to ht; overweight bmi is 25-30 kg/m2; obese bmi is > 30 kg/m2. Obesity increases the likelihood of heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes. If you are not overweight then you do not need to lose weight.
Dr. Lisa Hogan
Dr. Lisa Hogan
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
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In brief: Many reasons
Excess body weight often leads to other medical problems, including an increased risk for: hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, diabetes, strokes, certain cancers, back problems, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, fatty liver disease, kidney problems, intestinal disorders, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, musculo-skeletal injuries, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, etc.
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In brief: Many reasons
Excess body weight often leads to other medical problems, including an increased risk for: hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, diabetes, strokes, certain cancers, back problems, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, fatty liver disease, kidney problems, intestinal disorders, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, musculo-skeletal injuries, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, etc.
Etc.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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