What is Obesity?

What is been overweight mean?

It means that you have extra body weight and obesity means having a high amount of extra body fat.

A body in this condition raises the risk for health problems.
Problems that include coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and certain types of cancer.

Together these make up one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States. It’s considered a chronic disease that can seriously affect your health.

Public health experts agree that overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in this country and around the world. People 60 and older are more likely to be obese than younger adults, according to the most recent data from the nutritional health and nutritional examination survey. And affects about 17% of US children.

The difference between being obese and overweight is only a .1% difference in BMI.

BMI is the measurement of your weight in relationship to your height. It usually is a good indicator of the amount of body fat that you have. Healthcare professionals use BMI to discover the risk of obesity related diseases.

In general a BMI from 20 to 24.9 in adults is considered to be ideal. A BMI of more than 25 is considered overweight. And a BMI greater than 30 is considered to be obese, and over 40 is considered morbidly obese. In general a typical over 50 will maintain the same weight and only slowly decreases after 60 years old. Contrast that to a woman, whose weight will still tend to increase until the age of 60.

What causes obesity?

Many experts don’t exactly know what contributes to obesity however what they do know is that a person who eats more calories than they should compared to the energy they expand typically gain weight.
The risk factor that determines obesity can be very complex however. It is usually a combination of genes socioeconomic factors metabolism and lifestyle choices.

Obesity has far ranging negative effects on the health. Each year in the United States obesity -related conditions cost more than $100 billion and causes premature death. The health effects linked with obesity include, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, heart disease, joint problems (including osteoarthritis) sleep apnea and respiratory issues, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and psychosocial effects.

If you have any concerns about your BMI or potential for excessive weight come see us.