Although some fat is normal and required for a healthy human body, obesity can cause serious health issues.
Individuals with a BMI over 30—the marker for obesity—may experience heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure as a result of their weight. Most doctors agree that the more overweight someone is, the more likely they are to have serious health problems. People with a BMI of 40 (which marks morbid obesity) are twice as likely to die prematurely than someone at a healthy weight. Furthermore, those with an “apple” shape, meaning they carry the majority of their extra fat around their middle, may face even more medical issues than another obese person with a different body type.
Obesity may also cause existing issues to affect the obese person in a more extreme manner. For example, someone with arthritis who is also obese will experience more severe pain than someone with the same disease at a healthy weight.
Texas residents can attest to the difficulty of walking around in the summer heat. Obese Texans may have even more of a problem—excess fat can make walking harder, especially in muggy heat.
If you or a loved one are suffering from obesity, it may be possible to claim Social Security disability insurance. In order to file for SSDI successfully, an applicant must be able to prove that their obesity—either by itself, or combined with another illness—significantly limits their daily activities. For example, an obese person who is still able to cook their own meals and has no problem fulfilling their responsibilities may not be able to successfully claim benefits.