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Obesity

Obesity is termed as the excessive or abnormal accumulation of fat which presents a health risk and can lead to a shorter life span. It is a prelude to hypertension, diabetes, respiration issues and arthritis amongst others. The main causes are intake of more calories, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and hereditary factors.

 

Obesity can be measured in different ways. An easy way is to step on the scales and compare the actual weight with the ideal weight. The UK Food Standards Agency has created a height/weight chart at http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/healthydiet/healthyweight/heightweightchart/

 

A generally accepted way to measure how healthy a person's weight is, is to calculate their body mass index or BMI. This is the weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared. As a general rule,  if the BMI is between 25 and 29.9, the person is overweight, over the ideal weight for their height. If the BMI is between 30 and 39.9, the person is obese. I the BM is over 40, the person is very obese or 'morbidly obese'.

 

Obesity increases the incidence of various other diseases. Most commonly these are: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

 

Obesity is usually caused by a combination of excessive calories intake, low levels or lack of physical activity and genetic susceptibility. It is worth noting that a few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications or psychiatric illness.

 

There is very little evidence to support the view that some obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism. On the contrary, most obese people have a greater energy expenditure due to the energy needed to maintain an increased body mass.

 

The primary treatment for obesity is dieting and physical exercise. On the same note, a healthy diet and the right level of physical exercise can prevent obesity.

 

In severe cases, specific surgery procedures are performed to reduce the volume of the stomach volume and/or the length of the bowels, resulting into earlier satiation and reduced ability to absorb nutrients from food.

 

Obesity is a global leading preventable cause of death, with increasing prevalence in adults and children, and governments have identified it as one of the most serious public health problems and conditions of the 21st century.



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