What is Obesity

How often do you wonder if you are pleasantly plump, overweight or obese?

To understand your current health and weight condition you must be aware of what is obesity. Some people may be on the heavier side but due to nurture, society and familial pressure, may consider the excess weight a threat whereas some people who may be seriously obese may not consider it a threat if they are surrounded by a lot of obese people or by people who are not bothered by their weight.

So what is obesity? Is it merely one’s mental perception of his or her weight or a serious physical condition? To put it in simple words, obesity is a serious condition used to describe a person who weighs hundred pounds than his or her normal weight. It can also be determined by a Body Mass Index of 30 or more. The best way to find out if a person is obese is to determine your BMI index using the BMI calculator.

Obesity is a dangerous condition and can affect a person physically as well as psychologically. Some of the physical risks of this condition are as follows

 

Cardiovascular diseases
Respiratory disorders
Diabetes

Arthritis
Gall bladder disease
Increased surgical risk

Cancer
Musculoskeletal Disorders

Obesity is also a harbinger of psychological problems such as depression and stress caused by limited mobility, decreased physical stamina as well as social and career discrimination. These problems cumulatively can affect the longevity as well as quality of life.

If your BMI is above 27, it is about time you stop asking ‘what is obesity’ and start finding and answer to ‘how to treat obesity’. Starting with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you can move on to other more non-conventional obesity treatments such as obesity medications, inflatable balloons and surgery.

Now that you’ve asked the question, ‘what is obesity’ and taken a positive healthy step forward, comes the time to take a concrete step towards weight loss.