If someone is obese, it means they are seriously overweight as a result of having too much body fat. Some people, such as bodybuilders or other athletes with a lot of muscle, can be very overweight without being obese, because they don't have excess body fat.
Obesity and disease
Obesity has been linked to several serious medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and stroke. It is also associated with higher rates of certain types of cancer.
Obesity and Women
Obese women are more likely than non-obese women to die from cancer of the gallbladder, breast, uterus, cervix and ovaries.
2) WHAT CAUSES OBESITY?
Causes of Obesity
Genetic, environmental, psychological, and other factors all play a part.
Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic link. Yet families also share diet and lifestyle habits that may also contribute to obesity. Separating these from purely genetic factors is not easy.
Environment also strongly influences obesity. This includes lifestyle behavior such as what a person eats and his or her level of physical activity. The present generation of Indians tend to eat high-fat foods, and put taste and convenience ahead of nutrition. Also, most Indians do not take enough exercise.
Note:Although you cannot change your genetic makeup, you can change your eating habits and levels of activity.
Psychological factors also influence eating habits. Many people eat in response to negative emotions such as boredom, sadness or anger.
Most overweight people have no more psychological problems than people of average weight. Still, up to 10 percent of people who are mildly obese and try to lose weight on their own or through commercial weight loss programs have binge eating disorder. This disorder is even more common in people who are severely obese.
Note: If you are upset by binge eating behavior and think you might have binge eating disorder, seek help from the doctor.
Other causes of obesity
Some illnesses can lead to obesity or a tendency to gain weight. These include hypothyroidism, depression, and certain neurological problems that can lead to overeating. Also, drugs such as steroids and some antidepressants may cause weight gain. The doctor can tell whether there are underlying medical conditions that are causing weight gain or making weight loss difficult.
3) OBESITY TREATMENT
How is obesity treated?
The method of treatment depends on your level of obesity, overall health condition, and motivation to lose weight. Treatment includes a combination of diet, exercise and behavior modification.
How you can lower your health risks
If you are overweight, losing as little as 7-10 percent of your body weight may improve many of the problems linked to being overweight, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
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