Obesity is a major cause for high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.


Obesity is a major cause for high blood pressure (also known as “hypertension”) (1). About three out of four patients with high blood pressure have obesity (2). High blood pressure increases the risk of other diseases such as heart disease, congestive heart failure (CHF), stroke, and kidney disease.

  1. Wilson, Peter WF, et al.  Overweight and obesity as determinants of cardiovascular risk: the Framingham experience.  Arch Int Med  2002;162(16): 1867-1872.
  2. Landsberg, Lewis, et al. “Obesity‐related hypertension: Pathogenesis, cardiovascular risk, and treatment—A position paper of the The Obesity Society and the American Society of Hypertension.” Obesity 21.1 (2013): 8-24.

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