Obesity and Weight Loss Treatment
What is Obesity?
Obesity is a health related condition where a person accumulates too much of body fat which is highly risk to health. Obesity is different from over weight. Obesity refers to an excess amount of body fat. Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat, and water. Obesity is not just a cosmetic issue. It increases the risk of diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure. With the help of Weight Loss Treatment we can fight Obesity.
More than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity. Obesity was once considered a problem only in high income countries. Now overweight and obesity are dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. According to WHO, Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
What is BMI?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. The body mass index (BMI) or Quetelet index is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual. The BMI is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height, and is universally expressed in units of kg/m2, resulting from mass in kilograms and height in metres.
The basis of the BMI was devised by Adolphe Quetelet from 1830 to 1850 during which time he developed what he called “social physics”. The BMI is universally expressed in kg/m2, resulting from mass in kilograms and height in metres.
Childhood overweight and obesity
Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age.
For diet, recommendations for populations and individuals should include the following:
- achieve energy balance and a healthy weight
- limit energy intake from total fats and shift fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids
- increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, and legumes, whole grains and nuts
- limit the intake of free sugars
- limit salt (sodium) consumption from all sources and ensure that salt is iodized
Causes of Overweight and Obesity
Overweight and obesity result from an energy imbalance. The body needs a certain amount of energy (calories) from food to keep up basic life functions. Body weight tends to remain the same when the number of calories eaten equals the number of calories the body uses or “burns.” Over time, when people eat and drink more calories than they burn, the energy balance tips toward weight gain, overweight, and obesity.
Physical activity and exercise help burn calories. The amount of calories burned depends on the type, duration, and intensity of the activity. It also depends on the weight of the person. Exercise as a treatment for obesity is most effective when combined with a diet and weight-loss program. Exercise alone without dietary changes will have a limited effect on weight.
Quality of Life
When you’re obese, your overall quality of life may be diminished. You may not be able to do things you used to do, such as participating in enjoyable activities. You may avoid public places. Obese people may even encounter discrimination.
Other weight-related issues that may affect your quality of life include:
- Sexual problems
- Shame and guilt
- Social isolation
- Lower work achievement
Weight Loss Treatment
- Perform 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise five to seven days a week, preferably daily. Types of exercise include stationary bicycling, walking or jogging on a treadmill, stair climbing machines, jogging, and swimming.
- Exercise can be broken up into smaller 10-minute sessions.
- Start slowly and progress gradually to avoid injury, excessive soreness, or fatigue. Over time, build up to 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day.
- People are never too old to start exercising. Even frail, elderly individuals (70-90 years of age) can improve their strength and balance.
What about WLS a famous Weight Loss Treatment?
One of the famous Weight Loss Treatment is Weight loss surgery (WLS) is also known as Bariatric Surgery. It comes from the Greek work baros, which means weight.
WLS is a development of cancer/ulcer operations that consisted of removing part of a patient’s stomach or small intestine. Those cancer/ulcer patients subsequently lost weight after surgery. Doctors decided the procedure might be beneficial for morbidly obese patients.
Apart from Weight Loss Treatment, a healthy diet is a solution to many of our health-care problems. It’s the most important solution.
Eat Healthy and Stay Healthy!!!
“The healthy man is the thin man. But you don’t need to go hungry for it: Remove the flours, starches and sugars; that’s all.” ― Samael Aun Weor