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What is Obesity?

Obesity refers to the condition of a person in which abnormal or excessive body fat is accumulated causing negative effect on his health. If a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9, he is considered as overweight but in case his BMI is 30 or higher, he is considered obese. Obesity increases your risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, stroke, arthritis and some cancers.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is statistical measurement that is derived from a person’s height and weight.

What causes Obesity?

There are various reasons that can cause obesity, namely:

  • Consuming to many calories
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Endocrine disruptors – some foods that interfere with lipid metabolism
  • Certain medications
What are the symptoms of obesity?

The signs and symptoms of obesity may include:

  • Health problems (breathlessness, snoring, increased sweating, extreme tiredness, back & joint pain, low confidence, low self-esteem)
  • Psychological problems
How can Obesity be treated?

The treatment for obesity depends on the underlying cause and severity of your condition. It may include:

  • Healthy lifestyle changes (eating healthy diet, physical exercises, healthy sleep)
  • Behavioral weight-loss treatment
  • Medicines
  • Surgery (Gastric bypass surgery, Gastrectomy, Gastric banding)