Obesity and Comorbid Conditions

Reduce your risk of developing chronic obesity-related diseases by losing weight in Cleveland.

Obesity is a medical concern that refers to having an excess of body fat, often measured as a 30 or above on the body mass index (BMI) scale.  While being obese is considered a medical concern, the main cause for concern behind obesity is the increased risk of developing one of the many associated comorbid conditions.

What are Comorbid Conditions?

A comorbid health condition is any health problem that commonly develops in association with another concern. Obesity has a high rate of comorbid conditions due to the drastic effect excess weight has on the body.

Severe obesity can have adverse effects on every organ system within the body. The longer you are overweight and the higher your body fat percentage is, the greater your risk becomes in developing comorbid conditions.

The most common obesity-related diseases include:

  • Type-2 diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Mood disorders, including enhanced risk of anxiety and depression

In addition to these most common obesity comorbid conditions, there is a wide number of additional health concerns that you are at an increased risk of experiencing by living with obesity. These include skin infections and rashes, ulcers, back pain, and infertility.

Why Lose Weight?

In the United States, an estimated two-thirds of the adult population is overweight or obese. Living with excess weight will increase your likelihood of developing comorbid health concerns. However, your risk of developing these conditions does not remain as high after losing weight. In some circumstances, these health conditions can actually be reversed by losing weight. The onset of diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can all be corrected through medical weight loss intervention.

Dr. Berkeley provides medical weight loss counseling and support to help reduce your risk of developing obesity related diseases, helping people lose weight while enhancing overall quality of life.  For more information about medical weight loss programs, contact us.