Today’s Trending Topic: Obesity Risks Unknown

I was going to write about my favorite travel foods today, but when I saw that “obesity” was trending online this afternoon, I had to take a look and see why.  I will share my favorite travel foods tomorrow. This is very important information to share with those you know and love.

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I was dismayed to read that most Americans don’t know all the potential dangers of being overweight or obese, after mentioning heart disease and diabetes. Only seven percent of those surveyed mentioned cancer – the response didn’t even make the chart above.

About 15% said arthritis was a potential danger associated with obesity. According to CBS News, recent research shows knee replacement surgeries have nearly doubled for patients 65 and older over the past 20 years, partly due to increasing obesity rates.

It’s impossible to list all the complications of obesity here, but others to consider are stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and other respiratory problems and gynecological problems such as infertility.

Only 52 percent of those surveyed said they’ve discussed the health risks of being overweight with a doctor.

Are you concerned about your weight? Are you concerned about a loved one? Consider these risks. They are serious and nutrition and lifestyle choices can save lives. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at .

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4 Responses to "Today’s Trending Topic: Obesity Risks Unknown"
  1. Elaine says:

    It is so good of you to post this. i hope this trending is bc more people are becoming aware of these unlimited risks. Most of all like many health conditions in our country and world I hope that we can eventually get away from the stigma attached to obesity. I bet most people don’t talkl to their doctors bc both patient and doctor are too sensitive about embarassment to approach the subject.

  2. This is such a great article and unfortunately not surprising the diabetes and heart disease top the list. Please continue to share this knowledge with others. I’ll forward it on!

  3. Alise J. says:

    Great article, Jodi! I was aware of many of the complications of obesity, but you opened my eyes to some I hadn’t even considered. Time to get up and get moving! Thanks for the motivation!

  4. Cathy Sykora says:

    I just finished a class, The Economics of Obesity. It is startling. I was also putting together corporate wellness info and statistics last year. An employer can pay almost any amount of money for a wellness program and if it affects .09% of their employees, they will make 600% off their investment back in costs of productivity, workman’s comp…etc. That is economics…nothing even remotely as important as whether little Jimmy will have 2 parents setting a good example for his health future. Thanks for a good post! ~Cathy

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