Obesity is considered a chronic disease that can lead to other chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease among others.
Obesity is the result of the accumulation of excess fat in the body to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health.
It is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much.
People are considered obese when their Body Mass Index (BMI) exceeds 30 kg / m(sq). BMI is a person’s weight (in Kgs) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres).
The table across shows the generally accepted BMI categories:
Chronic conditions accompanying or promoted by obesity:
In this state, the pancreas is overworked and when it can no longer keep up with the high production levels required by the body, blood glucose levels begin to rise, resulting in type 2 diabetes.
Insulin resistance is a pre-diabetic condition.
Obesity has many causes and the reasons for the imbalance between calorie intake and consumption vary by individual.
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The two most common ways to measure health risks from your weight are:
People with "apple-shaped" bodies (meaning the waist is bigger than the hips) also have an increased risk for these diseases.
Skin fold measurements may be taken to check your body fat percentage.
Blood tests may be done to look for thyroid or hormone problems that could lead to weight gain.
If you are one of those persons who continue to suffer from this disease despite the best efforts of your doctor, it is time to consider the use of a Herbal tea drink. Talk to your doctor and then talk to us.
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For further reading and research into the causes, nature and risk factors of Obesity, you may visit the links below, among others.