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The Effect Of Obesity On Women’s Health

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Obesity is a situation where a person has accumulated so much body fat that might be harmful to their health.

A recent research has proven that Fat in normal women represents between 18% and 20% of body weight, whereas in men it represents only 10% to 15%.

The reason for this difference is that women at some point in their lives may nourish a fetus and then a baby from their own reserves, so women have to stock energy in the form of fat in anticipation of future pregnancies (and must stock even more energy during the last two trimesters of pregnancy).

Outside the natural fat, some women accumulate much more fat due to some unhealthy eating and bad habits, thereby exposing them to increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions associated with being overweight.

I’m going to share some of the conditions found in obesed women.

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid causing Irregular or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth and acne.

It’s a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance making it difficult to get pregnant. This disease is commonly among women who are obese.

Early diagnosis and treatment can help control the symptoms and prevent long-term problems like infertility.

MENTAL ILLNESS
Being obese can cause some mental illnesses like anxiety and depression.

Worrying a lot about your weight can bring about a mess on your health and well-being, it makes it tough for you to function and enjoy life like you once did.

At times you feel lifeless, empty, and pathetic, you harshly criticize yourself especially when you see models on the TV or your friends enjoying cakes, pizzas and ice cream without gaining much weight like you.

Remember there is always a price to pay, delicate at least 40 minutes every day to exercise and cut off all carbs.

CANCER
There are some cancers commonly associated with women who are obese like breast and uterine cancers

Most women’s estrogen comes from fat tissue. Having more fat tissue after menopause can increase your chance of getting breast cancer by raising estrogen levels.

Also, women who are overweight tend to have higher blood insulin levels. Higher insulin levels have also been linked to some cancers, including breast cancer, but the connection between weight and breast cancer risk is complex. For example, the risk appears to be increased for women who gained weight as an adult but may not be increased among those who have been overweight since childhood. Also, excess fat in the waistline may increase the risk more than the same amount of fat in the hips and thighs.

HYPERTENSION
High blood pressure is when the force of blood pushing the artery walls is increased and as a result causes the heart to work harder than it really should, and this commonly found in obese women.

Several studies has shown that 42 percent obese women died of hypertension only in 2015.

When a person suffers high blood pressure, the heart has to work harder to circulate blood and even much harder when it’s an obese woman and this may eventually lead to other problems like hardening of the arteries or heart failure.

However, women can prevent a sudden death caused by hypertension through early detection, real physical exercise and constant monitoring.