The Health Risks to Being Overweight


New research out of Sydney University shows that women aged 30-59 who are obese have a 19 times  greater chance of getting diabetes, four times the chance of getting high blood pressure and three times the risk of coronary artery disease compared to normal weight women.


Their risk of breast cancer is increased by 1.3 times if they are obese and they are nearly double the risk to develop bowel cancer.


Professor Jenny Gunton said normal weight women had a reduced chance of getting many of these diseases compared to men, their risk generally only increased after menopause. However, this was reversed if they became overweight or obese, she said.

One of the most recent and careful global estimates finds that roughly 500 million adults are obese (defined as a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher).  That’s almost 10 percent of men and 14 percent of women—and it’s nearly double the rate of obesity in 1980.


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