The association of obesity with cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes is well documented. Excess body weight is also associated with an increased incidence of certain dermatologic conditions such as:
- Larger and more numerous skin tags.
- Stretch marks.
- Acanthosis nigricans, a thickening and darkening of the skin of the armpits, groin, and neck.
- Bacterial and fungal infections, especially in skin fold areas.
- Impaired wound healing.
- Hidradenitis suppurativa, a painful boil-like eruption that typically affects the underarms and groin.
- Psoriasis. This condition also tends to be more resistant to treatment in obese individuals.
The good news is that weight loss is associated with improved control of Psoriasis and many of the other listed conditions. Your primary care physician can assist you with lifestyle changes to improve your health.