Obesity: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Obesity occurs when a person’s body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater which leads to excess body fat and thus serious health problems.

Obesity, unhealthy weight. Nutritionist inspecting a woman's waist using a meter tape to prescribe a weight loss diet [Photo Credit: PeakStock/ Getty Images/iStock Photo]

Obesity is a complex medical problem involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity increases the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Body Mass Index (BMI), is often used to diagnose obesity. When you have a BMI of 30.0 and higher, then you are considered obese. Medical practitioners have revealed that common symptoms of obesity include shortness of breath, excess body fat (usually round the waist), snoring, fatigue, pain in the back and joints, sweating more than usual and trouble sleeping.

Generally, obesity is caused by eating too much and doing little. When you consume more calories than you burn, then your body stores up excess calories as fat. Although, obesity is also has a strong genetic component and hormonal influences on the body.

Obesity can occur at any age and in any gender. Obesity has been proven to lessen the quality of life of those suffering from it. People with obesity may experience depression and social isolation.

Health practitioners have recommended a change in lifestyle such as eating healthy, regular exercise for the treatment of obesity. Surgery, gastric sleeve, hormonal treatments have also been used to treat obesity.


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