In a nutshell, while being obese isn’t necessarily bad for everyone, it can open the door to a variety of issues that the patient would not have to face if they were at a more appropriate weight.
What does being obese mean?
A body mass index of above 30 is the general indicator for obesity. There are designated weight ranges that people of certain heights fall into, when a person exceeds this limit they are known as overweight, when the person exceeds this range by a certain amount, they are known as obese. Obesity generally means that someone has gained weight due to an excess of fat, this can potentially make the person a victim of a variety of diseases and disorders, some of which can be life threatening.
Issues related with obesity
- Heart disease and stroke.
- High blood pressure.
- Gallbladder disease and gallstones.
- Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for a short time during sleep) and asthma.
While it is not certain that every obese person will experience these issues, they are certainly more susceptible to them. Diabetes in specific is known to be a common issue among the obese, with global numbers being at an all-time high, it is believed that this is due to the non-nutritional diet intake that most obese people have. An excess of fats, preservatives and carbohydrates can cause a person’s weight to increase, doctors and dieticians always recommend a balanced diet for everyone as the body needs a specific amount of carbohydrates, fats, sugar, starch etc. to operate efficiently.
Generally, people who are obese tend to be less energetic and lazy, which can affect their lifestyle greatly. Reduced stamina and lack of physical activity can cause issues with age that can cause complications and make it so they are more prone to certain diseases and disorders.
How to tackle obesity
There are many steps one can take to control their weight and bring it down to healthier levels, doctors will always recommend patients to visit dieticians who can help by explaining what type of dietary changes they must bring into their lives. Some methods of tackling obesity are:
- Eating more fruits and vegetables
- Eating less fatty food
- Eating lesser amounts of sugar
- Eating more fiber
- Eating controlled amounts of protein
- Reducing stress
- General physical activity like walking more
Among all the mentioned methods, liposuction is the only medical procedure, this is because doctors will not recommend liposuction to every patient as it can cause certain side effects and complications and is also not suitable for every patient. Liposuction itself is not recommended simply due to the fact that without making considerable lifestyle changes, a patient would simply start gaining weight again after recovering from the surgery. Exercising control over ones food intake coupled with regular exercise proves to be the best method to tackle obesity, paving the way for a healthier life style and a better control on certain issues that obesity can introduce.