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Did you know that not getting enough sleep can affect the body's hormones and make a person more likely to become obese?

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Source: IDF Press Release August 25, 2003

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What are the dangers of becoming overweight?

Health Problems
There are many health problems which can be
caused by obesity. These include ...

bulletCoronary Heart Disease CHD
It is the most common type of heart disease. CHD occurs when the coronary arteries, that supply blood to the heart muscle, become hardened and narrowed due to the plaque buildup, reducing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. CHD can weaken the heart muscle and lead to heart failure.
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bulletType 2 Diabetes
This is associated with insulin resistance. Insulin is an important hormone that delivers glucose (sugar) to our cells.
When a person is overweight, the cells in the body become less sensitive to the insulin that is released from the pancreas. If a person has more fat cells than muscle cells, then the insulin becomes less effective overall, and glucose remains circulating in the blood instead of being taken into the cells to be used as energy.

Others include:

bulletBenign Intracranial Hypertension (BIH is a disease of the brain)

bulletHypoventilation (leading to drowsiness during the day, snoring and even heart failure)

bulletDamage to weight-bearing joints (such as your knees)

bulletOthers include gall bladder disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, high blood pressure and high levels of blood fats.

Social Problems
As young people, there are even more problems you could face at school. People will call you names,(name calling) and leave you out of fun activities. Some people may even laugh and tease you, and no one would like to be your friend. This can make you very sad and lead to low self-esteem. You may also be bullied at school.
Obesity causes low selfesteem

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