What Is Obesity?

What Is Obesity

Obesity is the term used to describe people who are severely overweight, to the extent that their weight may have an adverse affect on their life expectancy or ongoing health. Over a quarter of adult men and women in the UK are obese, with high obesity levels in children being increasingly common.

We all know that it is incredibly easy to put weight on, and much harder to get the weight off. Increasingly, people turn to diet fads or even outright starvation to cure themselves of their condition. We offer a choice of approved medical treatments that, hand-in-hand with your own will power, can yield impressive results, fast.

What Is Obesity?

If a person is obese, they are carrying more body fat for their height and gender than is within a healthy bracket. As a result, the body is placed under increased strain when performing even basic functions and, longer term, obesity can lead to a range of related health issues such as diabetes and heart failure.

Obesity Treatment Options

For anyone wishing to lose weight, the most sensible starting point is a healthy, balanced diet with regular exercise.

There are plenty of diets that claim to work, and there are cases where the evidence of personal weight loss success tends to show that there is no single best way to lose weight for everyone. it is important that each individual understands what the best weight loss options are in their own case

Medical treatment in the form of Alli and Xenical has been prescribed by doctors and Pharmacists. GPs prescribe Xenical on the NHS as a weight loss prescription medicine, but only in cases where a patient’s BMI is in excess of 30, or where a patient’s BMI is in excess of 28 and the patient has weight-related medical conditions. For overweight people who do not fall into these categories Xenical is not available on the NHS, and will need to be prescribed privately.

Xenical (Orlistat) are both weight loss treatments, but Xenical is a double-strength Alli.

Who Qualifies As Obese?

Generally, a person is considered to be obese if their Body Mass Index (BMI) score is 30 or over, although in some instances people with lots of muscle rather than fat can also have a high BMI. Your BMI can be easily calculated by taking your weight in kilograms, and dividing it by your height in metres squared.

Obesity Side Effects

In and of itself, obesity causes restricted mobility and a difficulty in achieving day-to-day tasks. Day to day consequences of obesity include:

  • Breathlessness on walking
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling of the ankles, feet and fingers
  • Sleeping problems such as snoring or sleep apnoea
  • Difficulty coping with everyday activities such as walking

In some cases, there may be no short-term physical consequence of obesity, but rather a mental or psychological result. Depression, anxiousness and increased stress levels are extremely common.

Of course, if left untreated, obesity can ultimately lead to a shortened life expectancy, and limitations on life quality. The results of excess fat can be strain on your heart, or the restricted flow of blood around the body. If you are a sufferer of obesity, it is important to get the help you need to lose weight – today.

Obesity Causes

More often than not, the hardest part of treating obesity is accepting some responsibility for the problem – which, by reading this, you have already done! It is true that there is undoubtedly a genetic link to obesity, but the leading causes of weight gain are alcohol consumption, high levels of fat and saturated fat in the diet, and an increased sugar intake. This poor diet, matched with a general lack of physical exercise, is the most common cause of obesity in the world.

In other cases, underlying medical conditions cause weight gain, including thyroid disorders and polycystic ovary syndrome. Similarly, medicines can contribute to obesity, such as anti-depressants, corticosteroids and some contraceptive pills.

The point is, in essence, that there are factors that lead to weight gain, such as diet, that you have direct control over. By empowering yourself to lose weight with the help of an obesity treatment and good weight loss strategy, you have more control over reaching the target weight you desire.

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