Risk Factors for Obesity


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Obesity are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Obesity makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Obesity. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Obesity. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Obesity in various sources includes:

  • Family history of obesity
  • Lesbians

Risk factor statistics for Obesity: The following are statistics from various sources about the risk factors for Obesity:

  • Obese men were twice as likely to have diabetes as those of normal weight in Australia 2001(2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Obese women were four times more likely to have diabetes than those of normal weight in Australia 2001(2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

Risk factors discussion: Some studies suggest lesbians are more likely to be overweight than heterosexual women, which can put them at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and some other health conditions. Preliminary information from the Women’s Health Initiative suggests that a greater proportion of lesbians are above the overweight threshold when Body Mass Index (BMI= 27) is calculated (52.3% of lifetime lesbians compared to 45.8% of heterosexual women).1

Risks factors for Obesity: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Obesity:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Lesbian Health: NWHIC

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