WEIGHT LOSS THE HEALTHY WAY
What is Obesity
Obesity is defined as having extra body weight a high amount of extra body fat.
Obesity raises the risk for increased health problems including, coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and certain types of cancer.
Obesity is considered a chronic disease that can seriously affect your health and is the leading preventable causes of death in the United States.
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 to height ratio. Healthcare professionals use BMI to discover the risk of obesity related diseases.
A BMI from 20 to 24.9 in adults is considered to be ideal and more than 25 is considered overweight. A BMI showing 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?
Experts are uncertain of the causes of obesity, however it is widely known that consuming more calories compared to the energy expended will 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.
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.