Weight excess or obesity?

Too much weight may lead to obesity which is a chronic disease characterized by having excess body fat that may have adverse effects on your health. The most common method of diagnosing excess in weight is calculating BMI (Body Mass Index) which is a statistical measurement derived from your weight and height. If your BMI is greater than 25 kg/m2, you are considered overweight. If your BMI is greater than 30 kg/m2, you are considered obese.

Health risks?

Obesity puts you at risk of developing more than 40 chronic medical conditions. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart diseases, strokes, gallbladder disease, liver disease, GERD, degenerative joint disease, birth defects, miscarriages, sleep apnea, asthma and other respiratory problems, and many cancers.

Why do people get weight gain?

Some of the major causes that lead to weight excess are: consuming too many calories, low physical activity, not sleeping enough, family history and genetics, medications and some medical conditions like hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome and Prader Willi syndrome.

What can you do about your weight?

First of all, do NOT ignore it. Weight excess may become a serious health problem.

Studies have shown that the most successful approach to effective weight loss is a combination of three components; calorie-controlled diet through an individualized healthy eating plan, increasing regular physical activity and, most importantly, ENGAGING IN SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUPS that keep you motivated and guides you.

What is the best eating plan for you?

No two people are alike, that is why weight loss approaches should be tailored to each individual based on their specific needs, medical conditions, lifestyles, and food preferences.



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