What Is Obesity?

According to the Ministry of Health, obesity is an excessive accumulation of body fat that can harm your health and generally derives from an energy imbalance between the number of calories consumed and the number of calories burned.

Suffering from obesity can affect many aspects of your life, including physical, mental and social factors. Generally, people who suffer from obesity are also affected by other diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, respiratory failure, and others. Sufferers may also experience physical limitations that inhibit their ability to exercise due to bone and joint problems.

Obesity can be harmful to the body, especially the heart, but the good news is that there are many paths and steps that can be taken to regain a recommended weight and, above all, physical health.

WHAT IS WEIGHT LOSS AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

For an obese person, losing weight means “less heart disease, less diabetes and less cancer” (according to Robert Eckel, former president of the American Heart Association).

Weight loss translates into improved metabolism and this begins to occur when obese people lose about 10% of their current weight. Losing weight reduces the risk of heart attacks and heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. It also reduces bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increases good cholesterol (HDL).

HOW TO DETECT OBESITY?

Health standards are calculated according to the relationship between body weight and fat mass. The standard, which is considered to indicate a healthy weight, is to have a body mass index (BMI) of 17.5 to 25 kg/m2. If BMI is higher, it indicates a person is overweight. If a person’s BMI is 40 or more, then they are considered extremely obese (morbidly obese).

HOW YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Taking steps to lose weight and improve health can be overwhelming and difficult. The key to starting to lose weight is to find the right specialist for you, who can treat your condition. This is very important because it makes it easier to improve your lifestyle.

 

AT THE ABC CENTER FOR NUTRITION & OBESITY WE HAVE A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM OF SPECIALISTS WHO HELP PATIENTS RECOVER THEIR PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SOCIAL HEALTH.

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