Obesity is defined as "the condition of an excessively high amount of body fat or adipose tissue in relation to lean body mass." 1 A more commonly-known definition of obesity is that of an individual's weight being 30% or more above what is considered normal as defined by a standardly-accepted height/weight chart (e.g. The National Center for Health Statistics or Metropolitan Life Insurance Company). Overweight and obesity are also commonly determined by calculating an individual's body mass index.
Risk Factor of Obesity
Increased Health Risk of Stroke
Atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which may lead to the formation of an arterial blood clot, is an important pre-condition of many strokes. Atherosclerosis is accelerated by high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and lack of exercise. Obesity, especially morbid obesity is frequently associated with a high-fat diet, raised blood pressure and lack of exercise. Thus obesity is now considered an important secondary risk factor for strokes.
Increased Health Risk of Cancers
Obesity is associated with an increased risk for some types of cancer including endometrial (cancer of the lining of the uterus), colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney, and post-menopausal breast cancer. Women gaining more than 20 pounds from age 18 to midlife double their risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, compared to women whose weight remains stable.
Causes of obesity
Obesity can be caused by genetic factors, hormonal problems and lifestyle factors. Sometimes environmental factors also play a big role in obesity. If your family members and relatives are obese then your obesity is caused by genetic factors. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, do not exercise much and eat a lot of junk food then you stand a high chance of becoming obese.
Whether your obesity is caused by lifestyle or environmental or any factors, it is important to fight it. Ask a doctor if you can take Acomplia or any other obesity medication.
Symptoms of Obesity
Although most people consider a fat child cute, parents should pay more close attention to their child’s weight. There are some signs that can help you detect if your child is in danger of obesity. It can usually be determined by measuring the height and weight. A child is considered obese of his/her weight is significantly over the ideal weight for his/her age and height. The most common symptoms of child obesity include disproportionate appearance of facial features, adiposity in the breast area among boys, unusually large abdomen and exceptionally small external genitals for males. Puberty may also occur earlier in obese children.
A good way to prevent obesity is by finding an activity that you enjoy, such as biking, walking, hiking, swimming, any of these types of activities can be a great choice. Obesity is common among children especially in the US, which is why it is a good idea to have you children practice good eating habits, and do not forget to practice these same habits yourself because you are not only affecting your body but you are influencing your children.
Children who have obese parents are more likely to be obese than children who have parents that have healthy eating habits. So in order to prevent obesity in your children have them eat healthy snacks after school instead of junk foods, and try to decrease the amount of take out you have in a month. Most people feel that they do not have enough time to cook a meal which can result in the quick fix of picking something up at the local fast food restaurant, but this is one of the worst things to do, taking the time to sit and have a home-cooked meal can make a big difference in your health.
Another good idea, is to never eat while watching television, because so many do not realize how much they actually consume during their favorite tv show, if you are going to snack try snacking on something healthy with a low amount of calories. You should also cut down on beverages that are high in sugar, try drinking a lot of water, it will make you feel full and it can make you feel all around better. Green tea is another good choice for beverages, it is good both cold and hot, and it is said to even help with weight loss.
But for some this is not nearly enough, if the obesity is caused by a genetic disorder, this can be far worse because they cannot control the weight gain, it is simply something that just happens no matter how many calories they eat. For this type of obesity surgery such as gastric bypass, is usually a good idea to protect the health of the patient, if this goes unattended it can result in high cholesterol, and heart conditions.
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