WHO defines obesity as an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair your health. It is a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 for adults, weight-for-height greater than 3 standard deviations above the WHO Child Growth Standards median for children under the age of 5, and greater than 2 standard deviations above the WHO Growth Reference median for children between 5-19 years.

According to WHO, overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight. Obesity is a public health and policy problem because of its prevalence, costs, and health effects

Causes of obesity

  • Excessivefood intake (high calorie intake).
  • Lack of physical activity.
  • Not sleeping enough.
  • Genetic susceptibility.
  • Genes.
  • Endocrine disorders (some foods interfering with lipid metabolism).
  • Medications.
  • Mental illness.


Complications associated with obesity

Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Certain types ofcancer (including endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney, and colon)
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (Osteoarthritis).
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke).

Obese children may experience:

  • Breathing difficulties.
  • Increased risk of fractures.
  • Early markers of cardiovascular disease.
  • Insulin resistance.
  • Psychological effects.


Prevention of obesity

  • Engage in regular physical activity (60 minutes a day for children and 150 minutes spread through the week for adults).
  • Make healthy food choices by limiting energy intake from total fats and sugars.
  • Increase consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts.
  • Maintain a healthy BMI with regular check and calculation.


Treatment of obesity

  • Reduction in total daily calorie intake. People who are seriously obese may be prescribed a very low calorie liquid diet. These must be done with a health care professional.
  • Increase in your level of physical activity.
  • Medications are only considered as a last resort. That is, if the patient finds it extremely hard to shed pounds, or if his obesity has reached a point that it significantly undermines his health.
  • Weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) through restrictive or malabsorptive

Procedures. It alters your stomach or small intestine so that you are unable to consume much food in one sitting

Article by: eDokita Team.


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