Obesity is when a person has such an excessive amount of body fat that their health is in danger. According to various research organizations there are over 300 million people who are in the range of obesity in the world. An excessive amount of body fat an lead to numerous diseases and health complications including but not limited to heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Because of the high potential for developing health problems, dealing with obesity is very important to the overall health of the overweight individual.
What are the causes of obesity?
Obesity has many potential causes. Obesity can be influenced by several different factors. Emotional problems (such as problems which cause overeating), lifestyle choices (elevator over the stairs, lack of exercise, etc), genetics (research has found that those who have obese parents are more likely to develop weight problems than those without obese or overweight parents) are some examples of what can cause obesity. Self esteem, high caloric intake, lack of activity, trauma, alcohol, as well as medical conditions and medicines are all possible causes as well.
What are the symptoms of obesity?
A higher than normal BMI (body mass index) is a key determining factor in deciding if someone is overweight or obese. Obese people have a large frame of body, they are lethargic, they have difficulty in doing normal daily activities (walking, moving around, sitting up and down), they often get breathless, and of course they experience increases in their overall weight.
What is the treatment for obesity?
The most successful types of obesity treatments are long-term plans mapped out and followed under the close supervision of a trusted doctor. Many people suffering from obesity start treating it by increasing their daily activity and making healthier choices when it comes to diet and food selection. One way of losing un-healthy weight is by cutting the amount of calories and increasing the amount of physical activity. Using a specifically structured diet plan and beginning a special made physical activity training program for losing weight are two possible treatments a doctor may guide you to try (most of the time in combination with each other). Doctors often recommend that a patient try to naturally lose weight before suggesting surgery.
Doctors consider surgery for someone suffering from obesity if they have a high BMI number. There are many different forms of surgery used to control obesity, they all share the same goal of decreasing the amount of fat in the obese patient. After the surgery is complete, changes in lifestyle and eating habits are necessary to continue to lose weight. These changes include coming up with new diet plans/guidelines and dealing with potential problems that stem from the surgery. There are also medications that are specifically made for dealing with weight-loss and obesity. The majority of these medications and medicines work by making you feel as though you are full or have a full stomach. Using the various available medicines and treatments alone for dealing with weight problems and obesity is not as effective as using them in conjunction with each other.