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Being overweight can contribute to a range of health conditions and illnesses. The more overweight you are, the greater the risk of developing a whole host of medical problems.

Excess weight and obesity are said to be the fifth leading cause of deaths around the world. People with obesity live on average eight or nine years less that people of a healthier weight.

The health problems caused by obesity range from minor complaints such as indigestion to potentially life threatening conditions inluding heart disease. Being overweight increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and chronic back pain. You are also at greater risk of a number of cancers including breast, colon and kidney cancers.

Obesity can also cause fertility problems, with many overweight women struggling to conceive. Obese women that do manage to become pregnant, are at greater risk of problems during their pregnancy.

As well as physical problems, obesity can lead to many mental issues. Depression, anxiety, mood swings, and even suicidal thoughts can develop as a result of being overweight. Such issues often make it even harder for obese people to address their weight problem.

And finally, obesity can lead to relationship problems, whether it's with your family, friends or spouse. Feelings of inadequacy or unhappiness can put tremendous strain on relationships, and often push away those you care for most.

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