In obesity, body fat increases so much that it interferes with normal life, causing health disorders and even a shortened life-span. A chronic disorder, obesity can be caused by multiple factors such as poor metabolic rate, genes, poor food habits, excessive stress and depression.
How is Obesity Measured?
In technical terms, obesity is about being overweight to an excessive amount. But measurement of weight needs to be complemented by measuring the height too. Body Mass Index (BMI), the measure of obesity uses a ratio of height to weight, in order to get a more complete measurement of total body fat. While BMI and total body fat are generally interrelated, remember that exceptions may occur due to differences in body type.
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The figures for obesity give cause for concern. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one-third, that is, up to 33.8% of adult Americans are affected by obesity. Since obesity increases risk of certain health conditions, it is also the second highest cause of death in America. Some diseases which are negatively affected by obesity are:
Diabetes – Type 2
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
High Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels
Cancer (prostate, endometrial and colon)
These are health conditions related to obesity, but the social stigma associated with obesity also causes it to affect all areas of life. Regular activities such as traveling, exercising and socializing may also be severely affected by obesity. If you feel you have done everything in your power to control obesity, including dieting and exercising, surgery may be the way out. Find out if you qualify for weight loss surgery, through a free seminar or evaluation with one of our surgeons.