Health Risks

Why is obesity so dangerous?

Having a serious weight problem is associated with a huge number of other medical problems. It adversely affects every body system, and has become one of the leading causes of preventable death in Australia.

Data from Western Australia has revealed that obesity shortens average life expectancy by 4 years, whilst an American study has found that people aged 25–35 years who are severely obese are 12 times more likely to die early than those of a healthy weight. Click here for the report

The following medical problems are associated with obesity:

  • Type -2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Infertility
  • liver failure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Asthma
  • Abdominal hernias
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Abnormal blood lipids
  • Gallstones
  • bowel cancer
  • Blood clots
  • Depression
  • Sleep Apnoea
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Heartburn and reflux
  • breast cancer
  • Recurrent leg cellulitis
  • incontinence

At least 80% of people with obesity will develop at least one of these conditions, and 60% will develop at least three. These and many other reasons explain why being overweight is such a risk to your health.

For us the other major issue with obesity is reduced quality of life- Do you constantly feel tired, with simple tasks like walking up steps leaving you feeling exhausted? Does even light exertion make you sweaty and uncomfortable? Does thinking about your weight get you down and depressed? Obesity takes away a person’s right to a happy and fulfilled life.

Fortunately obesity can now be treated. We specialise in appetite and portion control procedures combined with our renowned in-house dietary, psychological and medical support to help you get the best results possible. Click here to read more about our Gastric Band and Gastric Sleeve weight loss programs.