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Question: What comorbid diseases are directly attributable to obesity?

Answer:

Type 2 diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, hypertension, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, lymphedema thrombophlebitis, weight-bearing osteoarthritis (involving the hip, knees, ankles, and feet), low back syndrome, herniated disk, lower extremity edema, gallbladder disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma, sleep apnea, pseudotumor cerebri, cirrhosis, varicosities, intertriginous dermatitis, breast cancer, uterine cancer, prostrate cancer, and Pickwickian syndrome.

Reference: Sleisenger MH, Fordtran JS (eds): Gastrointestinal Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management, 7th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2003.

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