What it means
Do you feel depressed, anxious, have low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction, and poor concentration levels?
Have you felt that because of your weight you have suffered from prejudice and discrimination in some situations (for example employment, travel, schooling, healthcare, retail etc.)?
Obesity can reduce your life expectancy by up to 9 years.and increase your risk of, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, fertility problems, and Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Being overweight can also put extra pressure on joints and limbs, making activity quite difficult and sometimes any movement at all can be painful.
Other physical problems caused by obesity are that obese women who become pregnant have a higher risk pregnancy that than of a healthy weight.
However, it is a condition that you CAN do something about. The great news is that by reducing body weight by just 5-10%, health risks are dramatically reduced, and many chronic diseases can be prevented.
Losing weight also means levels of activity can be increased – contributing towards further weight loss.