Obesity is a health condition on the rise worldwide. Few women understand the risks it poses to their well-being. While being overweight or obese places limits on what you can do, it also has adverse internal effects. 

Most women are afraid to discuss their weight with anyone, and it typically harms their body image. However, most require professional and personal intervention and support to embark on a weight loss journey. Here are some health risks posed to women by carrying too much weight:


Being overweight or obese puts women at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They are twice as likely to develop this mostly preventable condition, caused by insulin resistance, which occurs when the liver, muscle, and fat cells can no longer absorb enough sugar. Additionally, the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

The key to minimizing one’s risk of diabetes is weight loss, according to the experts and CrossFit Walnut, a site that offers reviews of health, diet, and fitness products and programs. A healthy diet will help you lose weight, but more effectively when combined with an exercise program. Indeed, you can stave off the onset of type 2 diabetes by making lifestyle changes.


The two cholesterol types are referred to as ‘good’ and ‘bad.’ While good cholesterol is necessary for a healthy body, bad cholesterol can cause many health complications. Bad cholesterol causes fatty deposits to build up in veins and arteries. A diet high in fats, oils, and processed foods can cause high bad cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol makes it harder for blood vessels to transport blood around the circulatory system. The blood must navigate around these fatty deposits to keep moving. This forces the heart to work harder than it should. When cholesterol cuts off the blood supply, a heart attack could follow.

Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Hypertension is common among overweight or obese women, especially as they age. Blood pressure is the force that flowing blood applies to blood vessel walls. As your blood pressure rises, this force increases. This can weaken your blood vessel walls, inhibiting their ability to pump blood efficiently. 

The consequence is damage to the heart, which could become permanent. Lifestyle changes can help lower blood pressure, although sometimes medication is also required.

Heart disease

Women who weigh more than the average carry extra body fat. With a larger area to supply with blood, the heart must work much harder to pump blood through the circulatory system. 

Your heart is a muscle, and like all others, it becomes worn out from overuse. The muscles weaken and become overwhelmed and unable to perform their function. This can lead to a heart attack or gradual weakening of this vital organ, where a transplant may be your only treatment option.

Diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol buildup are also consequences of excessive weight. They are linked to heart disease. This presents a higher risk to women, who are three times as likely as men to be overweight or obese.

Pregnancy complications

Overweight or obese women tend to have a hard time falling pregnant, and many doctors prescribe weight loss before they even try. Every pregnancy carries the risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure levels). These conditions are more likely to manifest themselves if an expectant mother is carrying excessive weight.

Your doctor will treat a pregnancy as high-risk if you are very overweight, preferring to monitor you and your baby more closely to ensure you both remain healthy. Labor might also be a challenge, especially if your fitness levels are low, as it places additional strain on the heart.

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