Health Risks of Morbid Obesity

If you are living with morbid obesity, then you are living at risk for serious health conditions.

Health Risks*

Health Condition Women  Men 
Type 2 Diabetes 400% higher risk of occurence1 400% higher risk of occurence1
High Blood Pressure 210% higher risk of occurence1 190% higher risk of occurence1
Coronary Heart Disease       300% higher risk of occurence1 300% higher risk of occurence1
Stroke 137% higher risk of occurence1  
Esophageal Cancer
(adenocarcinoma)
200% higher risk of occurrence2 200% higher risk of occurrence2
Kidney Cancer 84% higher risk of occurrence2 84% higher risk of occurrence2
Breast Cancer 50% higher risk of occurrence2  
Uterine Cancer 200% to 400% higher risk of occurrence2  


Higher Mortality Rates*

Men living with morbid obesity have 50% to 100% higher mortality rates than men with a healthy weight1.

Men with Morbid Obesity Have Higher Cancer Mortality Rates*

Type of Cancer  Men 
All Types 52% higher3

Women living with morbid obesity have 50% to 100% higher mortality rates than women with a healthy weight1.

Women with Morbid Obesity Have Higher Cancer Mortality Rates*

Types of Cancer  Women
 All types 62% higher3

* Compared to people with a healthy weight.

* A Note on Relative Risk

The chart refers to “relative risk,” which compares how likely an event is to occur to a person versus another person. The chart shows how much more likely a person with morbid obesity is to develop cancer or die from cancer versus a person with a healthy weight.

 Citations

1 National Institutes of Health. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults [Online] 17 August 2007.

2 National Cancer Institute. Obesity and Cancer. Questions and Answers. [Online] 31 June 2007.

3 Calle E, rodriguez C, Waler-Thurmond K, et al. Overweight, Obesity, and Mortality from Cancer in a Prospectively Studies Cohort of U.S. Adults. N Engl J Med 2003;348(17):1625-38.