Health risks of Obesity

An Obese person is someone who has an excessive amount of body fat.

What is considered as an excessive amount of body fat?

An excessive amount of body fat is defined using the body max index (BMI).

The body mass index (BMI) is a value calculated from the weight and height of an individual.

An obese person is anybody that has a BMI greater than 30.

For example a 5ft 4 inches woman is considered obese when her weight exceeds 175 pounds.

Obesity has been linked to various diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, and cancers.

So what causes obesity?

We have become more reliant on fast foods.

Due to its convenience and affordable nature, fast foods have replaced most people home cooked meals.

Burgers, fries and pizzas, these meals are delicious and readily available.

It may start off as your morning bagel and before you know it you it, fast foods have replaced all your meals.

Fast foods, soda consumption and a sedentary lifestyle have all been linked to obesity.

Lack of physical activity has also been linked to obesity.

Watching television, playing video games and surfing the Internet have replaced out door games.

This has lead to an increasing percentage of the world’s population becoming obese.

But obesity is not always caused by lifestyle changes; sometimes obesity can be linked to an underlying health problem such as endocrine disorders.

Endocrine disorders are diseases that occur in the endocrine system.

The endocrine systems are glands that release hormones that regulate many body functions.

Diseases that can affect the endocrine system include the over production or under production of hormone.

This can result in a hormonal imbalance and cause disorders such as thyroid problems.

So how do I prevent obesity?

Treating the underlying cause of obesity can help reverse the effects of obesity.

If the cause of your obesity has been linked to a health problem the only way to treat obesity is to treat the underlying medical condition.

That is is why it is important to ensure that you consult a qualified medical professional before you embark on any diets.

If your Doctor identifies the underlying cause of Obesity as related to poor diet and lack of exercise changing your diets and incorporating physical activity can go a long way towards reversing your obesity.

Eating more fruits and vegetables, limiting your consumption of red meat and sugar and exercises are ways to help improve your lifestyle.

Exercise is a very important part of any weight loss regime.

Exercises don’t have to be extreme You can start by taking daily walks around your neighborhood and work your way up to running marathons.

We read about people that were severely obese running half marathons every day, so if they can do it so can you.

Photo by jesadaphorn. Published on 11 February 2014
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