Obesity and Weight Loss
Obesity affects a surprisingly large number of people. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports than nearly 35 percent of all adults in the United States are currently obese, with an even greater number of people qualifying as overweight. Because obesity can have so many serious health consequences for sufferers, losing weight is essential for anyone dealing with this condition.
Understanding the Development of Obesity
Contrary to the beliefs of some, obesity is a complex illness that usually results from a variety of contributing factors. Although poor food choices and limited physical activity may be part of the problem, they are rarely the only causes of this condition. People may also become obese because of their genetic makeup, socioeconomic status, busy lifestyle, race or other factors that cannot be controlled. Once an individual becomes obese, his or her ability to engage in physical activity is often reduced, which exacerbates the problem even further.
Consequences of Obesity
Living with obesity has many different implications and consequences. People who are overweight or obese are often self-conscious about their size and may suffer from embarrassment or low self-esteem. People living with obesity may also have a diminished quality of life, as they may be unable to participate in certain activities that require physical exertion. Obesity can also contribute to the development of other serious health problems. According to the CDC, obesity raises the risk of:
- Infertility and other reproductive issues
- Sleep apnea
- Respiratory problems
- Gallbladder disease
- Liver disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Various types of cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
If left untreated, obesity can even short the sufferer’s lifespan.
If you are obese, losing weight can help you live a better life and reduce your risk of related health problems. Treatment options for people with obesity include:
- Diet – Eating a nutritious low-calorie diet is often the first line of defense for obesity patients.
- Exercise – Exercise burns calories and promotes the development of lean muscle mass.
- Weight loss medication – Some medications can speed the metabolism, curb the appetite, and contribute to weight loss.
- Weight loss surgery – When other methods are not effective on their own, lap band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass may be the best option for patients.
Because obesity can have so many causes, the same treatments won’t be effective for every patient. If you or someone you care about is dealing with obesity, consult with a licensed physician, such as Dr. Michael Baptista, to learn more about treatment options and find the solution that’s best for you.
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