Obesity Surgery Royston

Mr John Fleischl - Specialist Bariatric Surgeon

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Consequences of being obese

If you are obese, severely obese, or morbidly obese, you are more likely to develop health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. You are also likely to have a shorter life expectancy. Compared to people of normal weight, obese people have a 50% to 100% increased risk of dying prematurely.

Obesity is linked to major health risks such as:

  • Strokes
  • Diabetes (type 2)
  • Joint problems (e.g., arthritis)
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Gallstones or gallbladder disease
  • Certain types of cancer: gallbladder, breast, uterus, cervix, and ovaries (for women). Overweight men are at greater risk for developing cancer of the colon, rectum, and prostate.
  • Digestive disorders (e.g., gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GORD)
  • Breathing difficulties (e.g., sleep apnoea, asthma)
  • Psychological problems such as depression
  • Problems with fertility and pregnancy
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Risks to psychological and social well-being
  • Negative self-image
  • Social isolation
  • Discrimination
  • Difficulties with day-to-day living
  • Normal tasks become harder when you are obese, as movement is more difficult
  • You tend to tire more quickly and you find yourself short of breath
  • Public transport seats, telephone booths, and cars may be too small for you
  • You may find it difficult to maintain personal hygiene



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