Obesity is one of the most serious health conditions of the 21st century, and a leading cause of death. Obesity may simply be defined as too much body fat – so much so, that is has a serious effect on a person’s health.
The health factors that go hand-in-hand with obesity include the following:
– Heart disease
– Lower life expectancy
– Type 2 diabetes
– Breathing difficulties
– Easier sucception to various types of cancer
Obesity is easily calculated using the body mass index (BMI).
The equation to use here is the weight divided by the height, squared (metric system). for example, a person weighing 62kg with a height of 168 would divide 62 by 28,224 (which is the height squared). The result will go into decimal places. For a clearer answer, just multiply this by 10,000. The body mass index that results here is 22, which is in the normal range.
Less than 18.5 = underweight
BMI of 18.5 – 24.9 = normal body weight
BMI of 25 – 29.9 = overweight
BMI of 30 – 34.9 = Class 1 obesity
BMI of 35 – 39.9 = Class 2 obesity
A BMI of over 40 is classified as severe obesity
A BMI of over 45 is classified as morbid obesity
A BMI of over 50 is classified as severe obesity
Click here to calculate your BMI.
Obesity can be combatted in the simplest manners. Usually a change in diet (including eating less fatty foods and consuming fewer calories in a day) along with excercise with remedy the problem. Many people, however, fall into the morbidly obese sector, weighing more and having more percentage body fat than reguarly obese people. Because some form of food addiction accompanies this, more drastic measures may sometimes be taken. This may include a type of therapy, whether in a rehab clinic or personal, to overcome an incadescent need to eat. Medication, such as pills to reduce fat absorbtion, may also be prescribed.
More drastic measures may include surgery. Whether is be a gastic bypass or lap-band surgery, these all include a procedure to decrease the volume of the stomach, allowing the patient to eat less food while becoming fuller quickly.
Obesity is on the rise across the globe, with children currently being affected nearly as often as adults. Some factors that contribute to obesity include:
– Sedentary lifestyle (less excercise)
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