Reality: Obesity is a serious medical condition that can lead to a variety of health problems. It can include metabolic problems like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol levels and high uric acid. Obesity is a risk factor for various cancers like breast cancer, endometrial cancer, prostate, and colonic cancer. It can lead to fatty liver disease which could progress to cirrhosis. Sleep apnoea and gastroesophageal reflux is also related to obesity. Certain mechanical problems like osteoarthritis of knee and ankle and plantar fasciitis. People with obesity have higher risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and heart failure. In addition, obesity can be associated with depression, mood disorders and eating disorders.

So, obesity is much more beyond a mere cosmetic issue.