Obesity can damage your body and ruin your health

PHYLLIS LOGIE By PHYLLIS LOGIE, 8th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Obesity is considered a curse by many health professionals, robbing millions of their health and well being and as a direct result type 2 diabetes is on course to increase 50% worldwide within the next ten years.

Obesity is a major player in the fatality stakes

Before human knew better, the excessive accumulation of body fat, now commonly known as obesity, was considered in many societies to be a sign of wealth and prosperity. However, today obesity is an increasing trend considered by health professionals to be a curse, which is robbing individuals of their health, well-being and longevity.

An individual is considered obese if their body mass indes is 30 or more. By far the commonest cause of obesity is the ingestion of more calories then the body is able to burn off through normal day-to-day activities.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines obesity as ‘’an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that presents risk to an individual’s health”. A further pronouncement by WHO predict that type 2 diabetes, which is closely associated with obesity, is on course to increase by 50% worldwide within ten years.

Obesity is the main precursor to many cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and is responsible for claiming 17 million lives each year worldwide. The CVD diseases which can be attributed to obesity includes heart attacks, strokes, increased levels of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol, the lowering of HDL ‘good’ cholesterol and hypertension.

Studies undertaken in the US conclude that 65-80% of all those diagnosed with hypertension is due to obesity. Other associated diseases include gout, gallstones and liver disease, cancer, infertility problems, osteoarthritis and many more. When many of these diseases strike they can contribute to significant life-changing disability or premature death.

Quite apart from the physical ill-effects, obesity can also impact on emotional and mental health. It can be the direct cause of low self-esteem and social discrimination, anxiety and depression, which sometimes lead to suicide. A study conducted by Professor Marianne Sullivan in at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden, to assess how levels of depression in the very obese, compared with those who were in severe and continuous pain. The study concluded that the level of depression in the obese was as bad and in some cases worst than those who were in chronic pain.

Obesity can be difficult, but not impossible to reverse. Success can be achieved through behaviour management, change of diet and increased physical activity. Other options includes prescribed medication and in extreme cases, surgical intervention. The most appropriate place to start is with the physician who after an initial assessment would most likely make a referral to the dietician, who would be able to give guidance, make food suggestions, monitor progress and offer support.

Dieting with someone else such as a friend, family member or partner can be a helpful move. If approached properly a good weight loss programme should include the un-learning of bad eating habits, replaced by healthier options. It is a slow process and needs a great deal of patience to achieve the ultimate goal, which is to improve mental and physical health and increase longevity.

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Appetite Control, Fat, Health, Healthy Body, Healthy Eating, Healthy Eating Habits, Healthy Food, Obesity, Overweight

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I am a retired female who has been writing for the past five years. My favorite topics are history and biographies.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Obesity is dangerous if ignored. People must know their weight and be cautious in maintaining their weight for a better health.

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