Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. It is said that by 2015 nearly 40% of Americans may be obese. According to the CDC we have become ‘obesogenic’ or living in environments that promote large portion sizes, unhealthy foods, new work environments that have decreased physical activity. Additionally these only become more complicated with other factors such as, a mother’s weight at the time of pregnancy, genetic metabolic rates, and harmful serious health conditions like type two diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea often times caused by obesity itself.
Obesity is defined by the following variables
- An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
- An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
Here is an example:
|5’ 9’’||124 lbs or less||Below 18.5||Underweight|
|125 lbs to 168 lbs||18.5 to 24.9||Healthy Weight|
|169 lbs to 202 lbs||25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|203 lbs or more||30 or higher||Obese|
For many individuals weight loss through traditional means has not proven to be effective. Often times other health conditions relating to obesity can make it impossible to loose weight through traditional methods. It is not uncommon for individuals to loose 15-30 lbs only to gain it back a month later. Bariatric surgery can for many people be the only way to loose the weight and keep it off.
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Any information listed in this piece is not intended to be understood as clinical advice and it is highly recommended to seek the advice of a trained physician on this matter, matters related, and emergencies. If you are currently in need of emergency medical assistance please call 911.