A lifestyle disease characterized by chronic worsening over time, obesity is considered a huge health risk across the world. The challenge in dealing with it is that sometimes patients may not be aware of how it is connected to all aspects of their life. From depression, to poor metabolism, to reduced physical activity, to stress over long periods of time, there can be plenty of triggers for obesity. Besides these psychological and biological factors, genes too may have a role to play.
While all this is bad news, the good news is that obesity can be turned around if it is tackled with suitable scientific treatment. The first step to understanding obesity is to know how it begins.
Obesity can start very simply, with an innocent piling up of fat in different parts of the body. When this fat accumulation goes beyond a certain limit that is considered normally healthy, that is when patients develop ailments and medical issues.
In common language, being obese is all about being overweight. But that is not a sufficient measurement unless height is also accounted for. This is due to people having different body types. Ideal body weight may also differ depending on your height. We therefore calculate obesity by measuring the person’s weight to height ratio. This is called Body Mass Index (BMI). As a more comprehensive look at body fat, BMI is an invaluable tool to check obesity.
Calculate Your BMI
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This is a rough guide you can follow:
Underweight – BMI below 18.5
Healthy Weight – BMI between 18.5 and 24.9
Overweight – BMI between 25.0 and 29.9
Obese – BMI above 30
Obesity: A Life Risk
Obesity can get so uncontrollable that it threatens the life of the patient. Here are some alarming statistics compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
-Out of 100 adult Americans, almost a third (approximately 33.8%) develop obesity.
-Obesity and the associated health risks it involves, causes the second largest number of deaths in America.
These are some diseases that get aggravated by obesity:
· Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
· High Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels
· Diabetes - Type II
· Respiratory Problems
· Sleep Apnea
· Liver Disease
· Gallbladder Disease
· Cancer (prostate, endometrial and colon)
· Gynecological Conditions
The numerous obesity related health issues one might suffer is just one part of the picture. Obesity casts a cloud over regular activities and socializing, often due to the social stigma associated with it. Whether you are going on trips, enjoying workouts and simply meeting up with relatives and friends, obesity can rob your life of much enjoyment.
Sometimes, changes in diet and exercise routines can check obesity. If all the options fail, there is weight loss surgery, an option that countless obese people benefit from every year. If you are one among the many considering weight loss surgery, get in touch with oBand Las Vegas. Take the crucial step towards ending obesity by booking a free obesity evaluation or a free seminar with our well-trained doctors!