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About Obesity

 

Understanding and Managing Obesity: A Guide for Adults

Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. It's not just a cosmetic concern, but a medical problem that increases the risk of other diseases and health problems. Here's what you need to know about obesity and how to manage it effectively.

 

Obesity: What Is It?

Obesity is a chronic condition defined by an excess amount of body fat. A person is considered obese if their body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher. The condition can reduce quality of life and life expectancy, and it can increase the risk of other health conditions.

 

Importance of Recognising Obesity

Recognising and addressing obesity is crucial as it's associated with a host of medical conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, and even mental health issues.

 

Diagnosing Obesity

Obesity is typically diagnosed by using BMI, a measure of weight in relation to height. Other diagnostic tools may include measurements of body fat and evaluations of diet, physical activity, and family history.

 

Managing Obesity

Managing obesity involves a multidimensional approach, often including:

 

Dietary Changes: Reducing calories and practicing healthier eating habits are integral to weight loss. This often involves eating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

 

Physical Activity: Regular exercise can help burn calories and improve health. It's recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week.

 

Behavior Change: Modifying behaviours that have contributed to developing obesity is another crucial part of treatment. This could involve behavioural therapy with a psychologist or a licensed health care professional.

 

Medication or Surgery: In some cases, weight loss medications or bariatric surgery may be options.

 

Living With Obesity

Living with obesity requires commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider, setting realistic goals, celebrating progress, getting support from family and friends, and handling setbacks positively are all crucial to managing obesity.

 

Remember, obesity is a complex but treatable problem. If you have any concerns about obesity, please reach out to us. We're here to support you on your journey to better health.