The Impact of Obesity and Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore It
Obesity is essentially excess body fat. Since it’s difficult to measure body fat directly, obesity is typically measured by BMI (Body Mass Index). This is the common scientific method of screening whether a person is under-weight, has normal weight, and is overweight/obese.
Healthy Weight & BMI
BMI measures a person’s weight in relation to his/her height. Though it is not 100% accurate in indicating obesity, it proves to be a very valuable tool to judge whether a person is overweight or not.
With reference to children & adolescents, these particular BMI categories are also divided by sex & age. This is primarily because of the physical changes that take place during growth & development.
Health risks of Obesity
If you’re obese/overweight, you may:
In addition to the range of physical problems that obese people can develop, their obesity may also result in psychological problems such as:
These feelings can impact their relationships with friends & family members. In severe cases, these feelings can also lead to depression. Obesity affects a person’s overall life expectancy and he/she is more likely to die early.
Improving the Quality of Life
It is not very easy to measure exactly to what extent the quality of a person’s life is improved if he/she loses some weight. But most people who shed those kilos feel better, and they are also more energetic. Many people start feeling more confident and their self-esteem increases. There is no refuting the fact that there are also a number of health benefits to losing weight. As stated above, obese people are at risk of a number of diseases and the minute an obese person starts losing weight, he or she is less likely to develop these diseases.
A Positive Impact
If your Body Mass Index is between 25 & 35, on an average, if you bring down your weight by 10%, you automatically bring down the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis. If you are already suffering from any of these conditions, when you start reducing your weight, there will be a distinct improvement in your condition.
Obesity is not a disease that can be taken lightly and it can also be very challenging to get rid of all those excess kilos that you have piled on. But making certain lifestyle changes, improving food habits and adding exercise to your daily routine can go a long way in reducing obesity.
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