Health Risks Of Being Overweight (And What You Can Do About Them)

Your health and bad habits

Being overweight can make you more prone to some health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes. Pixabay photo, CC0.

Let’s face it; we are all guilty of piling on the pounds occasionally, such as eating a diet of junk food when we feel stressed, or a reluctance to carry on with our exercise routines when our life becomes too busy. We often only realize we may be overweight when we struggle to fit into that pair of jeans we bought a few months back, or we get exhausted after a climbing a set of stairs.

There are non-permanent methods to lose weight, such as the gastric balloon options at However, being overweight can make you more prone to certain health conditions, so every day solutions, such as a healthier lifestyle, should also be implemented. The following are some of the risks to your health.

Type 2 Diabetes

This is the most common cause of diabetes and is particularly prevalent in those who are overweight. Bad habits such as unhealthy eating and no exercise are two of the reasons why type-2 diabetes can develop. However, family history and genes can also play a part in the development of the disease, so it does not always link to lifestyle choices. People with this disease have high blood sugar levels, which can lead to other conditions, such as heart and kidney disease.

The disease can be avoided or delayed by losing weight and taking more exercise to regulate blood sugar levels. Healthy eating is also important, and foods high in sugar should be avoided.


People overweight are more susceptible to having high blood pressure, which is one of the leading causes of having a stroke. Extra body weight can also lead to a high blood sugar and cholesterol level, which are also linked to strokes. Therefore, losing weight is essential. As part of this, high-cholesterol foods such as burgers and chips should be avoided in favor of healthier options. Blood pressure can be regulated by taking less salt in your diet and embarking on more exercise each day.

Kidney disease

We have seen how being overweight increases the chances of diabetes and high blood pressure, and these are two of the common causes of kidney disease. However, studies also suggest being overweight can increase the chances of the disease even without those conditions. To keep your kidneys healthy, losing weight is a must. Again, eating healthily is important, so cut down on foods rich in sodium, as well as red meats and fatty products. You should also quit bad habits, such as smoking and alcohol, which can increase the chances of kidney disease.


Being overweight isn’t the only risk factor in osteoarthritis, as age and joint injuries can also be a cause. However, extra body fat will also increase the problem for sufferers due to the extra pressure on the joints. Losing weight will reduce the stress, and alleviate the pain. As usual, exercise is necessary for getting rid of excess weight, and will also help those suffering from the problem as it will loosen up stiff joints.

Bottom line

Being overweight does not mean you are unhealthy, but losing weight will reduce the risks of the conditions above.


16 thoughts on “Health Risks Of Being Overweight (And What You Can Do About Them)

  1. Wonderful post, again (!)
    I do, however, think that diabetes too often is associated obesity. My mum has type 1 and whenever I mention such, everyone start judging. While her figure is better than most women really ;).
    But I agree, being overweight can be very risky!

  2. The biological basis of obesity is incredibly complex and evolutionarily redundant. Our bodies will defend higher weights which is the real reason that reduced calorie diets help you lose weight only in the short term. Ultimately, your homeostatic biological mechanisms will make sure that after every “starvation” diet, you will regain the weight and then some (because your metabolic rate will slow down to conserve calories).

    Don’t use the numbers on the scale or tape measure to define your health. There’s a lot you can do to improve your health which won’t necessarily lead to weight loss, many enumerated in this article and in the comments. Love yourself no matter what.

  3. Great post Christy, and also great comment Miriam! I’m currently on a weight-loss journey, and not because I want to be skinny, but because I want to be healthy 🙂 We should always love ourselves regardless of what stage we are at in our health, but we must equally recognise areas we need to improve on because self-love requires self-reflection and the want to be the best version of ourselves.

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