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.
  • Depression
  • 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.

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