Weight Loss – Problems From Weight Gain

Problems from weight gain are very numerous within the human body. These include obesity, thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, coronary heart disease, and more. I’ll discuss some of the more common ones that occur as a direct result of weight gain.

This article is only to define what can happen as a result of having problems with weight gain. It does not address causes and preventions. Those topics will be reserved for other articles.


Obesity is defined simply as too much body fat and is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have adverse effort on health. It can be a significant health risk and for adults is defined by using the “Body Mass Index” (BMI). If you have BMI between 25 and 30, you are considered overweight. If your BMI is between 30 and 40, you are considered morbidly obese.

Thyroid Problems

When your thyroid doesn’t function, it can affect every aspect of your health, and in particular, weight, depression and energy levels. Weight gain problems are one those conditions that can occur when the thyroid is under producing hormones. Fortunately, most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated.


Excessive body weight in itself does not cause Type 1 diabetes but it is not uncommon to become overweight after being diagnosed with diabetes. However, if you are overweight, it may make it much more difficult to control your blood sugar levels and being overweight or obese increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is the most common chronic adult illness in the United States and being overweight increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. Obesity is one of the strongest predictive risk factors for developing high blood pressure.


It has been shown that those who experienced problems with weight gain when first going on asthma control were significantly more likely to have problems with their asthma control than those who maintained their weight levels.

ModernMedicine reported on Aug 27, 2009, that in adult women, obesity and abdominal obesity are independently associated with adult-onset asthma.

Coronary heart Disease

Obesity is now recognized as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease which can lead to a heart attack. Your risk of heart disease increases if you are more than 30 percent overweight.


In 2001, experts concluded that cancers of the colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), kidney, and esophagus are associated with obesity. Obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers-colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrial, kidney, and cancer of the esophagus.

As you can see, there are many problems with excessive body weight and especially if you are considered obese. Obesity is involved in each of the major health factors in one way or another. If you are overweight, getting your weight back under control will most likely improve your way of life and will go a longs ways towards either maintaining or improving you heath.

For more information on any of the topics, refer to the references below.


  • Medline Plus
  • Wikipedia
  • WebMD
  • Weight and Diabetes
  • Healthline
  • About.com:High Blood Pressure
  • Athma Health Center
  • America Heart Association
  • National Cancer Institute