There has been a lot of talk lately about obesity and how it is a growing problem in America. There are a lot of health complications that are associated with this problem. Some people don’t understand or care what it means to be obese or even simply overweight. It is very important for people to do what they can to be healthy, both mentally and physically. This doesn’t mean being the skinniest person in the world, or having a lot of muscles, it means being at a safe and healthy weight for your particular body type. There are several different health risks and complications that people may have or develop when they are obese. Knowing the correct information about this problem can help you get to and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
So, what is obesity? The normal definition states that if you have a Body Mass Index, BMI, of 30 or higher, then you are considered as obese. People who are considered to be in this weight category normally have a high fat percentage for their body. This condition is normally cause by the person eating a lot of calories and fat but not exercising. A lot of people are not aware that there is a difference between being overweight, obese, and morbidly obese. Someone is considered overweight when their BMI is greater than or equal to 25, and morbidly obese people have a BMI of 40 or higher.
Some of the medical conditions that go along with these weight problems depend on where the person carries the excess fat. People who have more of a “pear” shape, which means their excess fat is stored around their thighs and hips, will probably be less at risk to health problems then “apple” shaped people. People who store fat mainly in their stomach area are considered to have “apple” shapes and are at more risk for different diseases and health risks.
The risks of developing type 2 diabetes which directly affects the way your body digests foods and processes sugar because your pancreas can no longer produce insulin on its own. Type 2 diabetes is controlled by tracking and managing a person’s blood sugar through diet and exercise. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are also very common for people who have an “apple” shape. Both of these can be controlled and managed with medication, diet, and exercise. People may also end up developing coronary artery disease or heart disease if they do not try and improve their weight.
The best way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle is through a proper diet and exercise. People should try to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio each day or find a way to get their heart rate up for about 30 minutes. In some severe cases, people can get different surgeries like a gastric bypass, bariatric surgery, or even lap-band surgeries can help get a person to their ideal healthy weight.
If you find that you have problems with your weight or fall under the obese category, getting healthy is very important. You should talk to your doctor before you start any new diet or exercise program. If you and your doctor both agree that surgery is a viable option for you, you should do some research on the different operations to see what may be best for you. Some insurance companies do cover these types of surgery if it helps prevent certain diseases or health risks. Check with your health insurance company to find out if they cover any of these operations or anything else that may help you get to a healthy weight like different medications or diet plans.