WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF YOU ARE OBESE?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF YOU ARE OBESE?

Obesity is the condition of being grossly fat or overweight, it is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health.  Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excess of body fat, defined by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to control when dieting.  Because body fat is difficult to measure directly, obesity is often measured by body mass index; a common scientific way to screen for whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. There are many health problems associated with obesity. Individuals who are obese are at risk of developing one or more of these serious medical conditions.

The medical conditions that could be caused by obesity are; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems and even some cancers. Both lack of exercise and consuming too many calories can certainly contribute to gaining extra pounds.

If you find yourself falling into an overweight or obese category its important to take charge of your diet and make some healthy changes. The good news is that you can take steps to lose weight. And losing even some weight can make a big difference to your health and how you feel. If you want help to reach your health and fitness goals; ask your primary care doctor to help you set personal goals and refer you to other professionals who can give you tips and help you reach your goals. For example, a nutritionist or primary care doctor can help you with a food plan, and a physical therapist or trainer can help you move more. If an individual strictly follows a sensible diet and exercise program and loses the needed number of pounds, the prognosis is excellent provided the individual continues with the program; if obesity is left untreated the prognosis is not good and will surely impact ones overall health for the worse.

If you have questions about Obesity or any other related issues please feel free to make an appointment to talk with one of our Primary Care Doctors at (904)513.3240