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  What is Obesity?


In 1962, research statistics showed that the percentage of obesity in America’s population was at 13%. By 1980 it has risen to 15% -- by 1994 to 23% -- and by the year 2000 the obesity progression in America had reached an unprecedented 31%.

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People in the United States spend millions of dollars on diet pills, appetite suppressants or liposuction. Obesity seems to be plaguing American citizens even from an early age. In addition, even more Americans find themselves in the over weight category. In all instances contact a health care professional before beginning any weight loss program. You can do much of your own research on weight loss on your own before contacting a health professional. Researching weight loss programs will help you find a weight loss method that will work for you.

All of us need and have fat tissue in our bodies. However, when there is too much body fat, the result is obesity. Obesity is a complex multifactorial chronic disease that develops from an interaction of geno-type and the environment. Obesity develops because of social, behavioral, cultural, physiological, metabolic and genetic factors.

A thin line exists between overweight & obesity

Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9 kg/m 2 and obesity as a BMI of > 30 kg/m 2 . However, overweight and obesity are not mutually exclusive, since obese persons are also overweight.

All overweight and obese adults (age 18 years of age or older) with a BMI of > 25 are considered at risk for developing associated diseases such as hypertension, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and other diseases. Individuals with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight, while individuals with a BMI >30 are considered obese.

Treatment of obesity should focus on producing substantial weight loss over a prolonged period. The presence of co morbidities in obese patients should be considered when deciding on treatment options.

Know obesity Facts

  • Obesity is a chronic disease with a strong familial component.
  • Obesity increases the risk of developing health related risks like high blood pressure, diabetes (type 2), heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease and cancer of the breast, prostate and colon.
  • Health insurance companies rarely pay for obesity treatment despite its serious effects on health.
  • The tendency toward obesity is often due to our environment: lack of physical activity combined with high-calorie, low-cost foods.
  • If maintained, even weight loss as small as 10 percent of body weight can improve one's health.
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