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What is obesity?

Obesity is not only identified with the discomfort of feeling different with physical and especially mental limitations, but must be considered to all intents and purposes a disease of varying severity depending on the degree, diseases associated with it or dependent on it:

  • Cardiovascular: hypertension, cardiomegaly, thromboembolism, coronary heart disease.
  • Endocrine: diabetes, irregular or absent menstrual cycle, complications during pregnancy, infertility.
  • Respiratory: dyspnea, night apnoea syndrome, asthma.
  • Gastrointestinal: stones, colon cancer, liver steatosis.
  • Dermatological: varicose ulcers.
  • Musculoskeletal apparatus: osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis.
  • Hematochemical abnormalities: dyslipidemia, increased uric acid (gut).

In Italy it is estimated that there are 500.000 large obese people (IMC > 40) and 4.700.000 obese people with an IMC between 30 and 40 kg/m2.
In our country, obesity is attributed to 52.000 deaths per year: this is the second health risk after smoking.