Obesity: Everything You Need To Know About It

Yes, you have heard of the term obesity before, also known by the term ‘overweight’. Obesity is a medical condition in which body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health.  Body Mass Index, or BMI, is used as a screening tool for overweight or obesity, a measurement obtained by dividing a person’s weight by the square of the person’s height.If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the obese range. Obesity is not a disease, it is a medical condition. One might think that it won’t happen to them but it is a condition that can happen to you, sitting at home even because of your ill-eating habits. So, here is all you should know about obesity and how you can stop yourself from being the next victim.

1. Causes

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 There are various resultants of obesity.It results from over-eating especially an unhealthy diet which means high-calorie intake and lack of enough exercise. In other cases, it is caused by caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications. or mental disorder. These include hypothyroidism, growth hormone deficiency, and some eating disorders as well such as binge eating disorder and night eating disorder. A sedentary lifestyle also acts as a culprit because it requires less physically demanding work.

2. Why You Need To Know About It

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It is not just about gaining weight. The number of kilograms just keeps increasing till you end up with a worse condition. Body weight in excess is bound to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and conditions, particularly heart diseases, diabetes and conditions related to sleeping disorders and depression. It has been found that obesity may also lead to a decreased life expectancy! 

3. How To Manage It?

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The answer to this question is a very small but strong word – “Will Power”. No prescriptions needed. The two main treatments are dieting and physical exercise. Dieting helps in reducing weight in a short period of time and to maintain that weight physical exercise is required. People usually get scared of these terms and eventually give up even before trying. Dieting does not mean eating less, it means eating correctly and regularly.  Moving on to the term physical exercise, do not imagine those gyms and all the weights and that endless cardio routine. In beginning, a simple habit of jogging would work. Increase your exercise after some time and not all at once. Never pressurize yourself. Other treatments such as specific pills and surgical treatment for its management are adviced in severe cases only when adviced by a legit doctor.

As of 2008, the WHO estimated that at least 500 million adults (more than 10%) are obese, with a higher rate among women than men. It also increases with age at least up to 50 or 60 years old. Obesity rates are rising worldwide and affecting both the developed and developing world. Take care of your body starting step-by-step. Mind your eating habits and the products that you consume.