Obesity & Gallstones

Is Obesity a Risk Factor for Gallstones?

Yes. Obesity is a strong risk factor for gallstones, especially among women. People who are obese are more likely to have gallstones than people who are at a healthy weight.

The more overweight/obese you are, the higher the risk for developing gallstones.

Some studies have shown that men and women who carry fat around their midsections (abdominal fat) are at a greater risk for developing gallstones than those who carry fat around their hips and thighs.