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Symptoms of Obesity

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The onset of obesity is usually gradual. Symptoms include:

  • Increased weight
  • Thickness around the midsection
  • Obvious areas of fat deposits

It’s important to remember that fat deposited in your midsection is as much of a health risk as increasing total body weight. If you are developing a thick midsection even though your weight is not going up, you may be losing muscle mass from disuse along with dangerous fat accumulation in your abdomen. This may place you at increased risk for heart (cardiovascular) disease.

Revision Information

  • Obesity. Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional%5Fdisorders/obesity%5Fand%5Fthe%5Fmetabolic%5Fsyndrome/obesity.html?qt=obesity in adults&alt=sh. Update November 2012. Accessed March 20, 2013.

  • Obesity in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 16, 2012. Accessed August 28, 2012.

  • Obesity in children and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 25, 2012. Accessed August 28, 2012.