Obesity or too much body fat is a very serious problem that affects woman’s health at every stage of her life.

There are more than 30 effects of obesity that a woman can affect with. In US, obesity is the second largest cause which leads to death.

Various effects of obesity on your health:

Breast cancer:

According to the research, women who gain weight after the age of 18 are more likely to get breast cancer after menopause.Obesity

Obese women with breast cancer tend to fare worse than thin women. Obesity leads to higher estrogen levels, which again linked to breast cancer.

Study found that obese women with BMI of 30 or greater had estrogen concentrations between 60% and 219% greater when compared to thin women. The risk of breast cancer also increases at a rate of 18% for an increase of 5 points in your BMI.

Endometrial cancer:

Endometrial cancer is the fourth most leading cancer in US women. 95% of endometrial cancers come in women of age 40 or more.

Birth defects:

Obese women give birth to babies who are at higher risk of having heart abnormalities and other birth defects. Obesity or over weight leads to double the risk of heart disease and double the risk of birth defects in the babies when compared with normal weight women.

Spina bifida is a neural tube birth defect which is the result of obesity. This defect has an incomplete closure of the spinal column which results in paralysis.


Reproductive disorders like infertility are common in women with obesity. This is the result of irregular menses and frequently anovular cycles. Women with infertility have PCOS, which is often a result of obesity and irregular menstrual cycles.

Obesity results in increased production of estrogen, which interferes with the ability of ovulation. Any ovulatory disorder results in female infertility.

Higher levels of estrogen associated with obesity can lead to pre-cancerous transformations to the uterus.

Type 2 diabetes:

Obesity and type 2 diabetes are casually linked. Over weight can result in insulin resistance through various mechanisms. Insulin resistance puts a great demand on the pancreas to produce insulin, which leads to the development of clinical diabetes.

Cardiovascular diseases:

Obesity leads to higher levels of triglycerides, low HDL-C and high LDL-C. These are all the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.

Urinary incontinence:

This condition most frequently affects women after pregnancy or birth. This is the result of weakness of pelvic floor muscles and urethra. Abdominal fat due to over weight can cause the valve of the urinary bladder to weaken. This leads to the involuntary leakage of urine.

So, you should be very careful about body fat and how daily consumption affects your body fat.