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Obesity is a term used to describe excess body fat; it is defined in terms of a person's weight and height, or his/her body mass index (BMI). A person with a BMI over 30 is considrered obese. Obesity makes your body less sensitive to insulin's action.

Causes of obesity

Obesity is generally caused by consuming more calories, particularly those in fatty and sugary foods, than you burn off through physical activity. The excess energy is stored by the body as fat.

Obesity is an increasingly common problem because for many people modern living involves eating excessive amounts of cheap high-calorie food and spending a lot of time sitting down at desks, on sofas or in cars.

Risks associated with obesity

It's very important to take steps to tackle obesity because it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions.

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Obesity can also affect your quality of life and lead to psychological problems, such as Depression and low self-esteem.
  • Some types of cancer, such as bowel cancer and breast cancer

Obesity Treatment

The best way to treat obesity is to eat a healthy low-calorie diet and doing regular exercise.

  • Eat a balanced calorie-controlled diet as recommended by a doctor or dietitian.
  • join a local weight loss group
  • Do physical exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • You may also benefit from receiving psychological support from a trained healthcare professional to help change the way you think about food and eating.
  • When lifestyle changes alone do not help you lose weight, a medicine recommended by doctor can help.
  • In some cases, weight loss surgery may be recommended.