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3 side effects of obesity that may surprise you

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Have you considered all of the side effects of obesity that can affect the quality of your life?


The common side effects and risks associated with obesity such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are frequently discussed. However, you may not have considered the surprising side effects that often emerge because you are overweight, and it is important to be aware of them.

1. Sleep apnea

If you are dealing with obesity, then you are probably also struggling with sleep apnea and snoring, and this is not a coincidence. The extra weight gain has a direct impact on the upper airways and can create obstructions that make it difficult to breathe. These obstructions tend to be caused by enlarged tonsils, an enlarged tongue or an increase in neck mass.

Losing the extra weight is considered the healthiest and least invasive method to get rid of sleep apnea caused by obesity. You may notice that your snoring decreases as you start shedding extra pounds, and your overall sleep quality will increase.

2. Lower self-esteem

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The side effects of obesity can extend beyond the physical and can have a serious impact on your emotions. Multiples studies have found that your weight and self-esteem are connected, so the scale can influence your confidence levels. Obesity often has a way of reducing the amount of love, affection, warmth, caring, approval, recognition, and affirmation people receive from friends, family and others. The result can be chronic low self-esteem.

In order to overcome low self-esteem, experts recommend that you give yourself permission to feel good and accept your body. You can focus on losing weight while working on your confidence levels. You may also want to consider therapy, counseling or life coaching.

3. Skin tags

Acrochordons, more commonly known as skin tags, are small brown flaps of skin that have a propensity for protruding from your neck. According to researchers, skin tags may emerge as a result of hormonal changes in the body and reduced metabolic rates. In addition, skin tags may serve as the body’s warning signal that serious metabolic changes are occurring, and you may be diabetic or close to becoming one.

Fortunately, skin tags are considered benign, and they are not permanent or dangerous. In addition, there are home remedies you can try to remove skin tags. However, skin tags can signal potential dangers beneath the surface. Instead of focusing on removing skin tags, you should be focused on preventing the issues that cause them and losing weight.

Be a healthier version of yourself

It is important for you to recognize that obesity is not just about weight gain. The effects of weight gain go much deeper and can have both a physical and emotional impact. If you want to be a healthier version of yourself, weight loss needs to be a priority in your life. The side effects of being overweight should serve as motivation to start a healthier journey that leads to a better lifestyle and fewer health issues.