We all have heard the term obesity a lot specially on different television channels. Weight loss industry has become a million dollar industry these days but what’s shocking and somewhat surprising is that most of us are not fully aware of this term. Well, this article id for all those people. Obesity is a medical term used to define a person that has a higher weight than they are supposed to. Obesity can be calculated by comparing the height and weight of an individual.
The most common way to calculate obesity is to measure a person’s BMI. BMI or Body Mass Index, is the ratio of the height and weight of the person.
Now, BMI does not precisely explain whether a person is obese or not, however, it can provide a rough assumption to whether a person has the weight common for their age. BMI rate in adults and children differs significantly. However, in adults, a BMI of:
• 18.5 to 24.9 mean your weight is normal.
• 25 to 29.9 mean you are overweight.
• 30 to 39.9 mean you're obese.
• 40 or above means you're severely obese.
BMI isn’t used in the medical field to treat obesity. Sometimes, people that are very muscular can have a higher BMI than a stay-at-home couch potato. But, BMI can be used to accurately figure out whether you’re overweight or not.
The size of one’s waist can also be used as a unit to figure out if a person is obese. Generally, men with a waist of about 37 inches and women 31.5 inches can fall under the obese category.
Dangers of Obesity
Obesity needs to be dealt with. You don’t spend all your life looking like an angry potato; more importantly, you can’t. Obesity can cause some extremely severe diseases such as:
• Type 2 Diabetes
• Coronary Heart Disease
• Several types of Cancers
• High Blood Pressure
• High Cholesterol and Sugar Levels
• Reduced fertility in women and lowering sperm count in men.
• Sleep Apnoea
• Liver Disease And Kidney Disease
• Complications in pregnancy during the months and at the time of delivery.
Other than the physical aspects, obesity can also affect your mental psychology and create problems such as depression, irritation and low-self esteem.
Causes of Obesity
The most common reason for obesity is the increase of the consumption of fats and calories. The calories that the body is unable to burn through exercises are stored in the body as fats.
In the modern world, obesity has become a growing problem because we spend the majority of our time sitting or laying down and spend minimal type walking around or exercising.
There are also some illnesses that can cause obesity such as underactive thyroid glands. However, these don’t contribute that much to obesity if they’re controlled with prescribed medications.
Getting Rid of Obesity
Obesity can be pretty easy to treat
if the person tries to change their diet at an early stage. A healthy diet, accompanied with regular exercise can allow you to conveniently lose weight.
• Hire a trainer that can educate you about balanced diets as well as unhealthy diets.
• Make up a plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner and keep the fats, proteins and carbs equally balanced.
• Join the local weight loss group and participate actively.
• Take at least 30 minutes to walk or jog around the Local Park or beach. Not only will you be losing weight, a few gulps of fresh air will allow you to work productively.
However, if your life-style doesn’t allow you to lose weight by improving your diet, then the best alternative would be weight loss surgery,
The Bottom Line
There is no instant way to cure obesity. It takes time and dedication otherwise you might just be flushing your money down the toilet. You need to follow the instructions of the professionals and make sure that you don’t violate them at any point.
You should set certain goals for regular intervals of time. Such as, if you decide that you want to lose 20 pounds every month, and then make sure that you fulfill that goal. Also, don’t be discouraged if you lose even 5 pounds per month, even a small reduction in weight can go a long way. Moreover, keep the goal in mind and make sure you remind yourself that life in obesity is almost as bad as no life at all.
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