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Obesity refers to an increase in total body fat. The easiest and most widely accepted method of determining whether you are obese is by measuring your body mass index (BMI). In recent years, the number of overweight people in industrialized countries has increased significantly, so much so that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called obesity an epidemic.
Obesity occurs when your body consumes more calories than it burns. In the past, many people thought that obesity was simply caused by over-eating and under-exercising, resulting from a lack of will power and self-control.
Although these are significant contributing factors, doctors recognize that obesity is a complex medical problem that involves genetic, environmental, behavioural and social factors.
All these factors play a role in determining a person’s weight. For instance, in socioeconomic factors there is a strong relationship between economic status and obesity, especially among women. Women who are poor and of lower social status are six times more likely to be obese, than women of higher socioeconomic status. The occurrence of obesity is also highest among minority groups, especially among women.
What are the possible obesity symptoms?
1. Excessive sweating with bad smell
Possible Preventive Measures!
Exercise is the single best thing you can do to get healthy or stay healthy and keep chronic diseases at bay. Some experts advise that daily exercise, if only for 30 minutes, can be very beneficial; though, it is suggested that even exercising three times a week can help one to avoid serious problem in the future.
Exercise burns calories and the predominant question for someone who is trying to lose weight should be, each day “am I burning up more calories than I am taking in? If the equation is reversed, then you will surely gain weight.
So, walk or cycle instead of riding in a vehicle. Climb stairs instead of taking the elevator. For many people, walking is an excellent alternative to other types of physical activity because it does not require any special equipment, can be done any time and any place, and is generally quite safe. Brisk walking is more preferable and not just taking a stroll.
For some children, especially if they are still growing fatter, it is more important to stabilize weight and allow them to grow into their weight.
Overweight children who are still growing do not necessarily need to lose weight but simply maintain so that they can grow into their weight. The earlier a child is identified as being overweight or at risk the easier it is to treat. Because it is hard to permanently change dietary and exercise habits, it is essential to do something sooner rather than later.
Other treatment typically includes dietary changes to limit fat and calorie intake, increased exercise and changes in eating habits or patterns. Severe cases might require surgical options to reduce the size of the stomach or to bypass a portion of the stomach and intestines.
Should Surgery be considered?
In an effort to lose weight and to prevent future weight gain, some severely obese patients have followed the advice of bariatric (obesity) specialists who recommend various surgical procedures. But the question is, “who might qualify for their surgical solutions? The Mayo Clinic Health Letter suggests”. Surgery for obesity is generally recommended only for people between the ages of 18 and 65 with a body mass index over 40 whose obesity is creating a serious medical risk.
Some of the surgical procedures include a small – bowel bypass, gastric partitioning, gastro-plasty, and gastric bypass. This latter procedure involves stapling across the top of the stomach, leaving a small pouch that holds only about half an ounce of food. The small intestine is cut and attach to the pouch. Thus, most of the stomach is bypassed as well as the duodenum.
Tips to lose weight:
(1). Be aware of the calories in what you are eating and drinking.
Note: Drinks can be a major source of calories, especially sweetened juices. Alcoholic drinks are also high in calories. In addition, beware of those widely advertised soft drinks. Check the calorie count on the label. You might be shocked.
(2) . Avoid temptation. If chips, chocolates or cookies are on hand, you will inevitably eat them. Replace them with low- calories snacks, such as apples, carrots, whole-grain wafers.
(3) . Have a snack or an appetizer before eating a meal. It will take the edge off your appetite and may induce you to eat less.
(4). Do not eat everything put in front of you. Be selective. Reject what you know will give you too much calories.
(5) . Slow down. Why hurry? Enjoy your meal by noticing what you are eating – the colors, the flavours, the interaction of foods. Listen to the body’s signals that say, I am full. I do not need any more.
(6). Stop eating before you feel full.
(7) . Restaurants in some countries are notorious for serving excessive portions, leave half of your entrée behind, or share the plate with someone else.
(8). Desserts are not essential to complete a meal. It is better to finish off with fruit or another low calorie item.
(9) . Food manufacturers want you to eat more. Profit is their bottom line. They will try to exploit your weakness. Do not be taken in by their clever advertising and pretty pictures. You can say no!
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Did you know that…???
💥The American Heart Association revealed that dancing can be an effective way to lower blood pressure if performed for 40 minutes, 3-4 times a week (Heart.org, 2016)
💥The Journal of Aging & Physical Activity reported that dance has the potential to improve balance, agility, and the gait of older adults (Keogh, Kilding, Pidgeon, Ashley, & Gillis, 2009)
💥The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that geriatric individuals over the age of 75 can reduce the risk of experiencing a decline in memory by participating in leisure activities such as dance (Verghese et al., 2003)
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