Many people will judge others because they’re a bigger weight; calling them fat, gross, etc. And thankfully, since the judgement started, there has been people campaigning against this kind of behaviour by preaching things such as “love your body” or “big is beautiful”.. Some people may even go so far as to slander people who are thinner, in an attempt to make overweight people feel more accepted. While this support is wonderful and very necessary, people don’t seem to understand that they are promoting a very unhealthy body, just like the media with underweight bodies. There are many dangers of being overweight; here are some of the most common, yet most dangerous of the lot.

Type-2 Diabetes

There is belief that obesity triggers changes to the body’s metabolism functions. These changes then cause fat molecules to be released into the blood by the fat tissue, which affects insulin responsive cells and leads to reduced insulin sensitivity. Meaning an individual would then need to carefully watch their food intake in order to keep all levels at their average.

Heart Disease

One of the most common dangers of being overweight.. Heart disease is caused by many things; including high blood pressure; Cholesterol reductions, particularly reductions in HDL cholesterol; and diabetes. Insulin resistance and accompanying insulin excession are typically associated with <i>both</i> Heart Disease and Obesity. Although most of the factors relating obesity to coronary artery disease increase as BMI increases, they also relate to body fat distribution. Long-term studies, however, indicate that obesity not only relates to but independently predicts coronary atherosclerosis (a build-up of plaque inside the artery walls).

Gall Bladder Disease

Obesity can cause Gall Bladder Disease very easily, particularly in women, as the excess fat in the body increases the amount of cholesterol in bile(fluid which aids digestion and is secreted by the liver and stored in the gall bladder) – which in turn leads to stones forming in the gall bladder. Gall Stones – as they are typically called, cause immense pain, and may sometimes need surgery to remove the stones.

Cancer

Being overweight may not necessarily cause cancer, however the risk of an individual getting cancer is greatly increased if that individual is overweight. This is due to the fact that excess fat in the body can cause cells to mutate, and in some cases, form tumours. Some of the types of cancers caused by overweightness/obesity include cancers of the breast, bowel, kidney, liver, gallbladder, ovaries and many more.

Therefore while it is a good thing to love your own body and be comfortable in your own skin, it is not good to have an unhealthy body. Especially not when there are so many dangers associated with being overweight.