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Obesity symptoms

Being a little overweight may not cause many noticeable problems. However, once you are carrying a few extra kilograms (or pounds), you may develop symptoms that affect your daily life.

Health problems

Obesity can cause day-to-day health problems such as:

Obesity can also cause changes you may not notice, but that can seriously harm your health, such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol levels (fatty deposits blocking your arteries). Both conditions significantly increase your risk of developing a cardiovascular disease, such as:

Another long-term problem that can affect obese people is type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that just under half of all cases of diabetes are linked to obesity. The main symptoms of diabetes are:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • going to the toilet a lot, especially at night
  • extreme tiredness.

Psychological problems

In addition to the day-to-day health problems, many people may also experience psychological problems.

These can affect relationships with family members and friends and may lead to depression.

Last reviewed: August 2016

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