Obesity - Symptoms
Excessive weight gain and extra fatty tissue are obviously the major signs of obesity. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. However, BMI doesn't directly measure body fat, so some people, such as muscular athletes, may have a BMI in the obese category even though they don't have excess body fat. However, excess weight gain in obese people leads to multiple symptoms that manifest gradually over a period of time. As the disease advances, these become more and more prominent:
- Running out of breath - even with minor exertion sometimes
- Lethargy, tiredness
- Difficulty in sleeping and snoring
- Excessive perspiration
- Pain in weight bearing joints like knees, hips and also in the back
- Rashes in the folds of skin such as in the groins, between thighs, axillae, below breasts, etc.
- Low self esteem
- Always feeling hot
- Daytime sleepiness
- Many other diseases are associated with obesity and patient may manifest symptoms of these diseases such as - heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, gallbladder disease, type 2 diabetes, etc.