Get the facts on obesity


Obesity is not a choice it is a complex medical condition that in many cases the exact cause is not understood. Many factors contribute to obesity such as genetic predisposition, metabolic disease, environmental, personal factors, emotional state, and socioeconomic conditions.

Obesity not only shortens our life, but also diminishes the quality  of life. It is attributable to causing numerous chronic illnesses such as diabetes type II, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma and respiratory problems, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, gout, osteoarthritis, stroke, cancer, infertility, menstrual disorders, urinary stress, incontinence, depression and many others. It is estimated that each year in the United States 40,000 people die prematurely due to obesity and related complications. According to recent studies 60% of adult population in the US is considered over weight or obese. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has established guidelines to determine weight abnormalities based on body mass index (BMI). BMI is a function of height and weight measurement by kilograms per square meter. Normal body weight BMI is less than 25 kg/ m2. BMI of 25-/30 kg/m2 is considered over weight and 30-35 kg. /m2 is considered obese. 35-40 kg/m2 Morbidly obese, >40 kg/ m2 super morbidly obese.

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