Obesity and weight loss health facts
- Obesity is the condition of being significantly overweight, which is medically defined as having a body max index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity affects over 1 in 3 adults in the United States.
- While obesity is one of the most common causes of health problems in America, it is also one of the most preventable and reversible.
- We help our patients improve their diet and exercise habits and help them maintain good habits for life.
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What is obesity?
Obesity is the condition of being overweight to the degree that it adversely affects one’s health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over a third of adults in the United States are obese. Obesity among children and adolescents is increasing in prevalence.
Calculating BMI to diagnose obesity
Obesity is diagnosed using a simple calculation factoring the ratio of weight and height known as body mass index (BMI). Obesity is medically defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher.
Calculating BMI is useful in getting a rough estimate of one’s health as it relates to weight.
Complications and risks associated with obesity include:
- Cardiovascular disease.
- Certain forms of cancer.
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Lower overall quality of life.
Obesity is one of the main causes of preventable deaths in the U.S. each year.
Weight loss to prevent and treat obesity
While obesity affects a large portion of the population, it is a preventable and reversible condition. Broadly speaking, weight gain leading to obesity occurs from consuming more calories than the person’s body can use, which causes the body to store the extra energy as fat.
Exercise and controlling calorie intake
Weight loss to reverse and/or prevent obesity involves reducing the amount and type of calories consumed, as well as burning more calories and building muscle through exercise.
Genetics and other conditions
While certain underlying conditions and genetic factors can increase the likelihood of someone becoming obese, reducing calories and implementing healthy exercise habits can help an obese person reach a healthy weight in nearly every case.