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Quite overweight jellies or relatives of extremely overweight people, what health problems are you currently facing?

Asked by ZEPHYRA (15310 points ) June 4th, 2014

We all know the discomfort and the health risks caused by obesity, but can you tell me from actual experience ( yourself or those close to you) what the common/regular complaints are? I don’t want to know the results of obesity or what the risks are, I am looking for problems most people face in their daily life. Do most of the fat people you know suffer from Diabetes? What do you know being on the inside?

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filmfann's avatar

Diabetes, sleep apnea, and psoriasis.
I have several overweight friends and family members, and it always those three.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

@filmfann hypertension not on their list?

Judi's avatar

I am on my heavy side (I’m a yoyo.) My feet hurt way to much.
edit: By the way, I have extremely LOW BP, but I do thick or thin.

FlyingWolf's avatar

I have some (former) relatives who are obese and I would add arthritis to the list. Knee and hip replacements seem to be pretty common.

filmfann's avatar

They do not all have hypertension.

gailcalled's avatar

Shortness of breath, also.

Seaofclouds's avatar

My grandmother use to be very overweight. She suffered from multiple heart attacks, diabetes, and hypertension. She also had hypothyroidism. She eventually changed her diet and exercise and got on the right combination of medications. Once she lost the weight, her blood sugar and blood pressure improved greatly. She no longer needs insulin for her blood sugar. She hasn’t had any more heart trouble either. It’s not a cure all, but it had made a big difference in her life.

talljasperman's avatar

Dizziness upon standing.

janbb's avatar

Are thyroid levels a problem?

ZEPHYRA's avatar

@janbb yes a common one too, perhaps even the problem behind all this in some cases.

hearkat's avatar

I have Rheumatoid Auto-Immune Disease. It occurs in children and adults, regardless of weight. The weight exacerbates the symptoms, though; since my immune system is attacking my joints and connective tissues.

After a tachycardia episode a couple months ago, I had a very thorough cardiac work up, and the cardiologist said my heart is normal and healthy. The cause of the episode is unknown, but may be related to my auto-immune disease.

My blood pressure is normal, my blood sugar levels are normal. Until this hit 2½ years ago, I was very healthy despite being overweight.

Seek's avatar

A friend’s mother was bedridden for years. Her heart was incredibly healthy, even though she ate like a bajillion donuts for breakfast every morning and nothing but more crap the rest of the day. Honestly, her kids were enablers. But regardless, for one reason or another, her cardiac health was nothing short of miraculous.

She passed away last year, from an infection caused by a bedsore.

LornaLove's avatar

My feet hurt that is about it. I’m not obese but about 2kgs over weight.

cookieman's avatar

I’m 60lb. overweight still (after losing 28lb. recently).

I have type-2 diabetes, and my knees hurt in the winter or if I’m on my feet all day.

Blood pressure and cholesterol are good.

Seek's avatar

Oh, my husband recently lost a little over 30 lbs. He was 265 until then. Biggest problem he had was leg cramps and foot pain – mostly in his heel like plantar fasciitis. They haven’t happened at all recently.

JLeslie's avatar

The very overweight person in my life had heart bipass surgery at 46, a carotid artery tied off in his early 60’s and a stent put in an artery near his heart at age 70. I would guess his weight contributes to all this happening, but if you look at indicators like cholesterol, even thin members in the family have cholesterol problems. He smoked for about 25 years too.

His doctor has told him his sugar levels are sometimes very border line, but we think it is from his statin drugs more than anything, which we could reason that he has to take the statin drugs partly because he eats too much, although he is very close to vegan in his diet now. He watches his sugar and carb intake a little so his sugar numbers have not been a problem the last couple of years. Not that they were a real problem, but there was concern diabetes could become a problem. His blood pressure is high without medication, but it is controlled with the medication.

He does stop up toilettes, which drives his wife crazy, and they have to worry about it whenever they stay with friends or family.

Overall he is still fairly active, can walk a fairly long distance, over a mile, although he does get some pain in his legs, probably from blockages, if it is hilly. When he travels he walks all day on and off without trouble. He is still very strong.

He is more and more forgetful, which I think is partly from the surgeries and partly from the medications and partly from aging. He is in his early 70’s.

For those of you that have foot pain is it the bottom of your feet that get sore? If so, I have noticed that overweight women tend to get professional pedicures, and if they are removing all your callouses from your feet, or worse shaving your feet, then you are setting yourself up for sore feet. Your feet need to regrow the hard skin that protect your feet. Some calluses grow in a way that they actually cause pain, but for the most part remember dancers pray for calluses so their feet won’t blister and hurt. I realize some people, even thin people simply have painful feet, and the extra weight certainly can put pressure on your feet.

Mimishu1995's avatar

One of my cousin is overweight. And now he is facing some health problems. The most significant ones are Gout and type-2 Diabetes. He always complains about how painful his foot can be from time to time. At least that’s what my parents say.

Despite that, he doesn’t take any step to lose weight. He tells everyone he only eats vegetable, but his fridge is full of junk food.

kevbo's avatar

I used to have anxiety related to my weight. I was reluctant to do yard work because I was embarrassed by my size. Also, it’s uncomfortable when shirttails threaten not to cover everything because they’ve got more ground to cover.

Another problem is that you just get in your own way. For example, you can’t sit like a normal person. You have to spread your arms and legs out to be comfortable.

I had wicked sleep apnea.

I recently read a story about an overweight compulsive eater. He listed apnea, acid reflux, swelling of legs and feet, mobility problems (he needed special devices to put his socks on), shortness of breath, elevated heart rate when walking, body odor (because he couldn’t clean himself thoroughly), worn out joints (he even fell and broke a titanium pin in his leg), high blood pressure and high cholesterol as his ailments.

turtlesandbox's avatar

Sleep apnea, overactive bladder and lethargy.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

My family has some big people. We’re about the healthiest bunch you could find. No cancer, no heart disease, no diabetes. We conflict with all of the current medical wisdom, well almost. I just read about the two big studies showing saturated fats and cholesterol are indeed helpful, especially as we age. Throw out the “spread” and buy yourself some butter. I never jumped on that bandwagon; none of my family did. Steak anyone?

cazzie's avatar

I have some big brothers. They have sleep apnea, diabetes, depression. One has been so big that his feet really gave out for a while.

My weight problem currently consists of having gone from a size 34 to a size 36 (from 52kg to 57kg) and some of my favourite clothes don’t fit right now. I let my guard down and have done too much comfort eating, missing my boyfriend. If I get any bigger, I think I’ll get that lapband surgery. (jk)... sort of.

JLeslie's avatar

I forgot to list GERD.

@cazzie 34 waist?

janbb's avatar

@JLeslie No, that’s European sizing.

gailcalled's avatar

@cazzie; You are still sylph-like.
@JLeslie : “stop up toilettes”?

JLeslie's avatar

@janbb I was confused because if memory serves 34 is rather small. Isn’t it about an American 4 or 6?

@gailcalled Yes. The more you eat the more comes out. He literally clogs toilets sometimes; definitely more than the average person that’s for sure. Especially now with the low water volume toilets. A relative of mine who is a nurse used to complain about cleaning bed pans of fat people in the hospital for the same reason. Not that it was a fun job in the first place. Usually the aides did that work I think.

jca's avatar

@JLeslie: The solution for that is what I refer to as “shit flush, wipe flush.”

JLeslie's avatar

@jca Yes, he is told by his wife to flush a couple of times during. He is not always compliant. I think it is denial honestly.

jca's avatar

@JLeslie: Then if I were her, I would make him obtain the plumber’s services (and deal with the embarassment!).

gailcalled's avatar

@JLeslie: 52 kgs equals 115.6 lbs; 57 kgs equals 125.6 lbs.

JLeslie's avatar

@gailcalled Yes, I know, I just now bothered to think about the weight conversion. I know she put in a JK, but for a Q about weight it just confused me. I also am ten pounds more than I want to be, but I would not think to insert myself into an extremely overweight Q, even though my thighs are annoying when I am this heavy, and I can’t fit into a lot of my clothing. Not that I am criticizing @cazzie it just confused me.

@jca More upsetting has been redoing their bathroom and then he floods it, sometimes it has rained a little on the floor below. His mindlessness also applies to his eating, mindless compulsive eating, and also translates to clogging the toilet, and quasi hoarding activities (although not as extreme as you see on some of those TV shows).

livelaughlove21's avatar

My cousin was very overweight all her life and, at one point, was completely bedridden. She had fibromyalgia (not that it was caused by her weight) and severe lymphodema in her ankles and feet. She was not a diabetic that I know of, but she did have sleep apnea and was in constant pain. She died a couple of years ago after a dental procedure – they say it was caused by the anesthesia, and her weight was a big factor.

Judi's avatar

My mom had few health problems from her weight. Her feet hurt and she had a hard time with her job because of it but she didn’t develop diabeties until her seventies and never so bad that she needed insulin injections. Around seventy five she developed slight high BP. The problem was probably lurking all along. When she was diagnosed with Liver csncer in her early 80’s the doctor told her that he is seeing more and more obese patients with liver cancer. He said that obesity is as hard on the liver as alcoholism.
My poor mom was horrified and embarrassed that she had brought this on herself and hastened her own death.

Seek's avatar

Aww,... @cazzie is happy! Happy people always gain weight. I bet you look gorgeous, love. We need to Skype soon. When I’m less… me… than I am right now.

cazzie's avatar

@Seek There is a happy/lonely vibe that is leaving my refrigerator empty and the numbers on my scale increasing. and we really need to Skype soon.

Coloma's avatar

I knew a very obese woman once and she shuffled. Drove me insane! Pick. UP. you damn feet.
It was like a perpetual Michael Jackson Moonwalk thing. haha

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