Obesity increases a person's risk of illness and death due to
diabetes, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol,
and kidney and gallbladder disease. Obesity may increase the risk
for some types of cancer. It is also a risk factor for the
development of osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.
Review Date: 08/11/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of
General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical
Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org)