Selasa, 10 Juni 2008


What is Obesity

The term obesity is simply defined as too much body fat. The percentage of body tissue that is body fat varies according to gender and age. People are considered obese if their weight is 20% or more above their ideal weight range. Morbid obesity is when a people are 50% or more above their ideal weight range. Obesity is a long-term disease that increases the risk of developing other serious health problems, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Causes of Obesity

Obesity has become a major public health problem, with both genetic and environmental causes. It usually results from more than one cause. The main cause of obesity is energy imbalance. It is when more energy (calories) is taken from food than is used through physical activity. Weight gain is the result and the excess energy is stored as fat. Other factors that can contribute to a person’s weight are age, gender, genetics, environmental factors, psychological factors, illness and medication.

Health Risks Associated with Obesity

If you are obese, you have a greater risk of developing serious health problems. If you lose weight, the risk is reduced. The following is a list of diseases and disorders that can develop as a result of obesity :

Brain: Psychological disorders (low-self esteem, depression), stroke; Esophagus: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn; Arteries: High blood pressure, arteriosclerosis; Lungs; Heart; Gall-bladder; Pancreas; Kidneys; Colon; Bladder; Bones

Treatment for Obesity

Obesity is a chronic disease and it needs long-term management. The focus usually is to reduce the risk for developing health problems, as well as to lose the excess weight. If you are obese, it is best to consult a healthcare professional to help determine how much weight you should lose and what kind of weight loss program is appropriate.

A good plan is to gradually reduce your weight. Weight loss of one to two pounds per week is a safe and healthy strategy. A successful treatment plan can include one or more of the following options: diet, physical activity, therapy, counseling, and surgery.

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