How Obesity Affects Health

Unhealthy Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance carried through the bloodstream to repair cells, manufacture hormones and other important functions. The body only needs a small amount of cholesterol, however, and diet and weight can play a large role in cholesterol levels. High cholesterol comes with an increased risk of clogged arteries, heart disease and stroke.

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January 6, 2014

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July 1, 2014