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Body Fat, How it Affects our Health. Excess Fats Also Increase your Risk of Health Problems

Updated on March 22, 2017

Excess body fat don't just increase your weight, no, they do more than that. Excess fats also increase your risk of major health problems. Studies have shown that those who are obese or overweight are more likely to be a victim of diabetes, strokes, depression and even cancer. But all hope is not lost; you can be able to reduce your chances of getting any of these aforementioned diseases by losing some weight.

According to research, over two-thirds of Americans are obese or overweight. Another study done by the Rand Corporations shows that obesity poses more health problems than smoking, living in poverty or drinking.

Although moderate body fat is required in the body for some functions such as maintaining healthy skin and hair, controlling body temperature, acting as a shock absorber and more, too much fat is not good for the body. It affects the body negatively. Research shows that too much accumulation of body fat may lead to obesity as well as set off many other health issues such as arthritis, breathing difficulties as well as heart diseases.

Other Ways Fats Affect the Body Include:

1. Too Much Fat increases your Risk of Type II Diabetes

Research shows that over 80% of those diagnosed with type II diabetes which is preventable are overweight. This huge number lead scientist to conclude that obesity is associated with preventable type II diabetes.

2. Fat Stores Environmental Toxins

According to the study published in the Journal Nature, excess toxins make you fat and fat holds excess toxins. These toxins can later manifest as skin disease or transform into other disease that affects your body. Some of these toxins include but not limited to pesticides such as DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls. This is why it is important that anyone who wants to lose weight also try a detox to help flush out toxins.

3. Increase your Risk to Other Diseases

Various studies have shown that those carrying many extra pounds face higher-than-average risk of a whopping fifty different health problems. To put it simply, excess fat increases the risk of getting diseases such as

  • High blood pressure
  • Gall bladder disease and gallstones
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Kidney stones
  • Sleep apnea and asthma
  • Type II diabetes
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fatty liver
  • Cancer

4. Loss of Sex Drive and Sexual Arousal

Excess fat can also affect you sexually apart from the emotional and physical consequences.

Obese men are 4 times more likely to need a testosterone replacement. Loss of sexual drive in obese people can be treated with weight loss techniques. In fact, according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine published in Australia, 5-10% weight loss over time can help in the treatment of erectile dysfunction of those that are overweight.

5. Discrimination in Workplace

One of side effects of excess fat is discrimination in school as well as in workplace. Studies show that students in high school who are overweight are more likely to have lesser friends and stand the risk of being bullied by other students. This trend does not stop in high school; it is also present in work environment. Research shows that obese women are more likely to face more discrimination in workplace compared to their male counterpart.

6. Loss of Confidence

Research from Centers for Disease Control indicates that discrimination experience by people who are overweight can lead to loss of confidence in such individuals. To tackle this problem, you should eat healthily and indulge in regular exercises to lose some fat.

7. A Generational Cycle of Obesity

A child of obese parent has 50% chances of being obese when he becomes adult. This number jumps to 80% if both parents are obese. It is not unusual for the children from obese parents to become obese in their adulthood as a result of gene they received. Children who are overweight have more chances of becoming overweight as adults.


These effects of excess fat can be reduced through weight loss. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can use to reduce weight. The best way to start is to use natural methods such as exercise, good diet and changes in lifestyle.


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