What are the Causes of Obesity?

Obesity could be caused by a combination of the following

Obesity could be caused by a combination of the following:

  • The genes you inherited from your parents
  • How well your body turns food into energy
  • Your eating and exercising habits
  • Your surroundings
  • Psychological factors.

What are the consequences from Obesity?

If you are obese, severely obese, or morbidly obese, you may have:

  1. Major health risks
  2. Psychological and social well-being risks, and
  3. Difficulties with day-to-day living.


Major health risks

  • Shorter life expectancy
  • Compared to people of normal weight, obese people have a 50% to 100%
  • increased risk of dying prematurely
  • Obese people have more risk for:
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Joint problems (eg. arthritis)
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Certain types of cancer (eg. breast, uterine, colon)
  • Digestive disorders (eg. gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GORD)
  • Breathing difficulties (eg. sleep apnea, asthma)
  • Psychological problems such as depression
  • Problems with fertility and pregnancy
  • Urinary Incontinence


Psychological and social well-being risks

  • Normal tasks become harder when you are obese, as movement is more difficult
  • You tend to tire more quickly and you find yourself short of breath
    Public transport seats, telephone booths, and cars may be too small for you
  • You may find it difficult to maintain personal hygiene

Contact Us

If you think you are ready to start your journey to good health contact our centre today!

Dr. Stephen Wilkinson – Tasmania Antiobesity Surgery Centre

Hobart Private Hospital
Suite 1, Ground Floor
Cnr Collins and Argyle Streets
Hobart TAS 7000

Ph: 03 6214 3063
03 6214 3066
Fax: 03 6214 3064

North West Private Hospital
21 Brickport Road
Burnie TAS 7320

Ph: 03 6432 6000
Fax: 03 6432 6099