Obesity is a chronic disease that is characterized by having excessive amounts of body fat to the point where it may cause certain health problems or reduce life expectancy. Obesity is caused by a variety of factors, including: heredity, metabolism, low activity level, poor eating habits, stress, depression and other psychological factors.
How is Obesity Measured?
Although obesity is technically excessive overweight, weight is not enough to measure obesity. Because weight alone is not enough, a ratio of weight and height are used to calculate one’s Body Mass Index (BMI). By doing so, we get a better estimate of your total body fat. Be aware, however, that although there is a correlation between BMI and total body fat, exceptions occur due to varying body types.
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Underweight – BMI below 18.5
Healthy Weight – BMI between 18.5 and 24.9
Overweight – BMI between 25.0 and 29.9
Obese – BMI above 30
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affects 33.8% of adult Americans (nearly one-third). Furthermore, obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States because it has negative impact on the following health conditions:
- Type II Diabetes
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Respiratory Problems
- Sleep Apnea
- High Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels
- Liver Disease
- Gallbladder Disease
- Cancer (prostate, endometrial and colon)
- Gynecological Problems
Aside from the numerous health concerns associated with obesity, obesity also negatively impacts one’s ability to accomplish daily activities. For example, obesity may impede one’s ability to travel, exercise, and enjoy social settings due to the stigmas certain people place upon the obese.
If you are considering weight-loss surgery as a solution to your obesity, it is likely that you have exhausted all exercise and nutritional options. If this is the case, then call oBand® Miami today to schedule a free evaluation or seminar with our renowned surgeons!