Interviewer: When it comes to obesity. What are some of the chronic conditions that can result from that down the line?
Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey: Yes, so many. I think probably that we think of as a chronic disease stems from obesity at some level.
Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey: Or, is definitely linked to obesity. DD, heart disease, stroke, dementia, auto immune disease has been linked to obesity as well. Thyroid disease, maybe not caused by, maybe caused by some of the same factors that lead to obesity. It's a problem.
Interviewer: Can losing weight reduce the risk of those conditions then? Just losing the weight alone, can that help?
Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey: There's no question that losing the weight definitely helps. It helps reduce inflammation. It has to be more than that. You have to look at the whole body. The whole, everything that's affecting the body. Weight is certainly one aspect of that. Losing the weight will reduce the risk. It's the whole picture that's more important.
Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey: It's lifestyle too. There are people who are overweight who actually might not be metabolically in bad shape. They do other things that reduce their risk.
Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey: Once again looking at the whole picture. It's looking at genetics, which is important as well and other environmental exposures. Yes, reducing weight is clearly important.
Being obese can be just the start of major health problems. Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey discusses a number of conditions that can arise from being obese. She also discusses the chances of reducing your risk though through weight loss and other factors.
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