What Are The Health Risks From Being Overweight?

There is much data to prove being overweight or obese increases your risk for developing many health related problems.  The doctors at Michigan Head & Spine Institute encourage each patient to maintain a healthy weight for the sake of your overall health.  You may be able to reduce your health risks by losing weight, doing regular physical activity and eating healthy.

Being overweight or obese may be at risk for:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Pregnancy complications.

How Can I Lower My Health Risks?

To lose weight and keep it off over time, try to make long-term changes in your eating and physical activity habits.

  • Choose healthy foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, and low-fat meat and dairy products more often.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking, on most or all days of the week.
  • Seek the support of nutritional counseling to learn which foods provide a healthy diet and encouragement to maintain a healthy lifestyle.



This page is intended to be educational, but does not take the place of your physician or surgeon’s advice for your specific procedure or treatment. You should always consult with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

Call Michigan Head & Spine Institute at 248-784-3667.


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