Obesity is often categorized as a cosmetic concern, but it can greatly affect your health and quality of life. This makes obesity, a very complex disorder. Obesity increases your risk of disease and health problems, like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Despite the negative effects of obesity, the good news is that even modest weight loss can improve your health and prevent future problems associated with obesity and being overweight. Lifestyle changes, such as diet, increased physical activity, and behavior changes can all help you lose weight.
Obesity Statistics and Facts
What Percentage of People Are Obese or Overweight? More than two-thirds of adults, which is roughly 69 percent are considered to be overweight or obese, while more than one-third of adults, which is roughly 36 percent are considered to be obese. Obesity is diagnosed when your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher.
Obesity in Children: Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and even quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
What Are Some of the Causes of Obesity?
There are genetic, behavioral and hormonal influences in body weight. Obesity occurs when you consume more calories than you burn through exercise and normal daily activities. Your body stores these extra calories as fat.
The main causes of obesity are:
Inactivity: If you don’t live a very active lifestyle, then you don’t burn as many calories. With a sedentary lifestyle, it’s easy to take in more calories every day than you burn through exercise or normal daily activities.
Unhealthy diet and eating habits: Weight gain is inevitable if you consume more calories than you burn.
Other risk factors for obesity include:
- Family lifestyle
- Unhealthy diet
- Medical problems
- Certain medications
- Social and economic issues
Potential Complications and Quality of Life Problems
People who are obese are more likely to develop a number of serious health problems, including:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
- Heart disease
- Cancer–– uterus, cervix, endometrium, ovaries, breast, colon, rectum, esophagus, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidney and prostate
- Breathing disorders, including sleep apnea
- Gallbladder disease
- Gynecological problems
- Erectile dysfunction and sexual health issues
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Obesity can affect your overall quality of life. You might find yourself not enjoying or able to do the things you used to do. Obese people may even encounter discrimination.
Other weight-related issues that may affect your overall quality of life include:
- Sexual problems
- Shame and guilt
- Social isolation
- Lower work achievement
Lifestyle, Home Remedies, and Overweight Treatment Plans for Obesity
Lifestyle changes and home remedy treatments are a great way to lose weight and change your lifestyle. Educate yourself about obesity and learn what you can do to lose weight and get healthy. Be honest with your doctor and talk to him or her about setting realistic goals and sticking to a treatment plan. Lifestyle changes and home remedies may include keeping a food and activity log, identifying and avoiding food triggers and enlisting the support from your friends and family. Getting healthy doesn’t have to be a one-person job. Sometimes lifestyle treatments aren’t enough and medicine and surgery are needed. If so, you and your doctor will have numerous conversations about the subject and your comfort level.
Obesity Help and Overweight Treatment in Clearwater and Tampa, Florida
At All Care, we understand the emotional, physical and lifestyle complexities that come with obesity. We strive to provide the best care and solutions to patients who are obese. We have the experience and resources to help you live your healthiest and happiest life. Call us today to learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment.