Health Risks Associated With a High BMI
Research on obesity has shown that people who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for developing a number of medical conditions, including:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol or other lipid disorders
- Type 2 diabetes
- Certain cancers
- Sleep apnea
- Gallbladder disease
- Fatty liver disease.
If a person has a BMI higher than 30, does that mean that they are obese? Not necessarily. The BMI test does have limitations. Therefore, the doctor will consider other factors in determining whether a person with a high body mass index is obese and at risk for health problems.
(Click BMI and Weight for more information on how to assess your risk for medical problems associated with obesity.)