What is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition that has recently reached epidemic proportions, both in the UK and worldwide, with an estimated 300 million sufferers. No longer considered a case of simply consuming too much food, obesity is now recognised as a serious chronic disease with several affecting factors and causes. As a condition, obesity is responsible for drastically damaging human health. It is responsible for a significant proportion of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer, arthritis and adult onset diabetes cases, which are responsible for over 30,000 deaths yearly in the UK alone.

Why is obesity growing so fast?

It is not simply a case of us eating more than we did a generation ago; life is far more sedentary than it has ever been before, with the only daily physical activity many of us get being the walk from our front doors to our cars. Studies have indicated that people living in the 1950’s actually consumed more calories than we do today, as their lifestyles demanded far more physical activity and therefore they found it easier to stay in shape.

What causes Obesity?

Obesity is caused when the number of calories which a person eats each day is greater than the number used during physical activity, which results in an excess of unused calories. This excess is then stored in the body as fat and over time can continue to build up until a person’s weight exceeds healthy levels, leading to obesity. In more severe cases of obesity, such as in those who are morbidly obese, there are many other contributing factors which have all helped to cause the condition. These factors can include genetic and inherited traits, as well as environmental and behavior factors which all help to increase a person’s weight.

How is Obesity treated?

There are a number of different methods which can be used to help you treat and overcome your weight problem, these range from herbal supplements to prescription treatments. The methods which would be suitable for you depend on your weight classification and the severity of your condition. The more popular methods, which range from low calorie diets to drastic surgical options, can be found listed below:

  • Oral Medication
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Replacements
  • Low Carbohydrate diets
  • Very Low Calorie Diets
  • Herbal / Natural Products
  • Anti-Obesity Surgery

What is BMI?

BMI

Body Mass Index (BMI) uses a mathematical formula based on a person’s height and weight. BMI equals weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (BMI = kg/m2). The BMI calculator that follows will allow you to calculate your own BMI, which should help to tell you which weight classification you are currently in. It is important to note that although the BMI ranges shown after using our calculator are not exact ranges of healthy and unhealthy weight, they are useful guidelines. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 indicates a person is overweight. A person with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. This method of assessing whether or not a patient is suffering from obesity has been the consistent standard used by health professionals and is widely accepted by the scientific community to be the best method to do so.