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Sleep apnoea and your weight

Sleep apnoea is associated with various side effects. The most visible consequence of untreated sleep apnoea is weight gain and obesity.1

Obesity is also the primary cause behind sleep apnoea in adults. Approximately 40% of people who are medically defined as overweight have sleep apnoea while 77% of patients who are morbidly obese have sleep apnoea.2 Indeed, being overweight may predispose a patient to sleep apnoea. Large, thick necks can increase risk of sleep apnoea, as can extra weight around the mid-section of the body.

Obesity and sleep apnoea also lead to other potential health risks such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

If you’re feeling tired and lack motivation to exercise, you might have a hard time reversing weight gain. Getting treatment for your sleep apnoea not only boosts your energy, but also helps you live, breathe and get your life back. Talk to your doctor about getting tailored treatment from ResMed. Discover the benefits of treatment.


  1. Pillar G and Shehadeh N. “Abdominal Fat and Sleep Apnea.” Diabetes Care February 2008 vol. 31 no. Supplement 2 S303-S309.
  2. Barness LA, Opitz JM, Gilbert-Barness E (December 2007). “Obesity: genetic, molecular, and environmental aspects.” Am. J. Med. Genet. A 143A (24): 3016-34.

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