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Diseases Associated with being Obesity

According to the Dietary Guideline for Australian Adults, a publication produced by the Australian Government’s National Health and  Medical Research Council, the following conditions and symptoms are associated with obesity:

  1. coronary heart disease
  2. type 2 diabetes
  3. hypertension
  4. dyslipidaemia
  5. stroke


  1. sleep apnoea
  2. pulmonary dysfunction
  3. gall bladder disease
  4. liver disease
  5. osteoarthritis
  6. gout
  7. some cancers —colon, endometrial, post-menopausal breast cancer
  8. menstrual irregularities
  9. polycystic ovary syndrome
  10. infertility
  11. gestational diabetes
  12. neural tube defects in offspring
  13. low-back pain
  14. increased risk of anaesthetic complications
  15. carpal tunnel syndrome
  16. venous insufficiency
  17. deep vein thrombosis
  18. poor wound healing
  19. psychosocial problems
  20. osteoporosis —obesity is protective
  21. stress incontinence and leaking urine
  22. prolapse
  23. oesophageal reflux
  24. constipation
  25. tiredness


One measure of obesity is your Body Mass Index (BMI). If you follow the previous link you can calculate your BMI and get an indication of whether or not you are obese, overweight, normal or underweight.  There is also some guidance on how to lose weight and so support your long term health.