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  • Center for Bariatric Surgery: A Program of Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

  • In general, there are many health risks caused by morbid obesity. Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher; obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher. Research has shown that as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as "overweight" and "obesity," the risks for following conditions also increases:

    • Coronary heart disease
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Cancers (endometrial, breast and colon)
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triplycerides
    • Stroke
    • Liver and Gallblabber disease
    • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
    • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
    • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
    • Reproductive disorders (obese women have trouble having children and obese men have reduced sperm counts)
    • Blood clots in the legs and clots to the lungs
    • Varicose veins and swollen legs
    • Respiratory problems, including difficulty breathing with small amounts of exertion and walking
    • Fat accumulation in the liver and cirrhosis
    • Some forms of cancer, particularly cancer of the uterus, breast, prostate, colon and gallbladder