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What is Obesity

Do you find it difficult to squeeze yourself into an elevator with 2-3 people in it?
Is getting into a bus an arduous task for you?

You are probably overweight and may even be obese. You may be aware of it but are you doing anything about it?

Obesity is a chronic condition where a person has excessive body fat. Being too heavy is bad for your health. Having too much fat can lead to serious health problems:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Varicose veins
  • Breast, endometrial, prostate, and colon cancers
  • Arthritis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Rashes and other skin abnormalities (such as warts)
  • High blood pressure

Types of Obesity

Apple Vs Pear shaped bodies

Body fat is stored in different regions of the body and the pattern of its distribution can alter the health risks of obesity.  For example, excess abdominal fat or apple shaped obesity is associated with increased risk of heart disease, whereas gain in the hips and thighs or pear shaped obesity does not have the same magnitude of risk.
Usually, due to genetic reasons, men are prone to storing fat in the abdominal region and women in the hips and thighs.

Putting on Weight is Easy!

You gain weight when the fat cells in your body either expand (because they are storing extra calories), or when they increase in number. Each of us is born with a certain number of fat cells determined by our genes. This impacts our weight for the rest of our life. However overeating and lack of enough physical activity -- particularly during childhood and adolescence -- can actually develop MORE fat cells.Losing weight has many potential health benefits. If you are overweight and have decided to shed some extra pounds, congratulations! You have already taken an important step toward improving your health and feeling better. Losing even 5%-10% of your weight can begin to lower your risk of serious chronic diseases.

Weight gain causes

The most common cause of weight gain is fairly simple: your energy input (the calories you eat) is greater than your energy output (the calories you burn). In fact, even with a medical condition that may increase the likelihood of becoming overweight (see below), one of these two factors is generally present before you gain weight--either you eat too many high-calorie, high-fat foods or you do not get enough physical activity.

There are, however, certain medical conditions that increase your chances of becoming overweight or obese, such as 

  • Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid)
  • Intake of  medications like steroids, antidepressants
  • Injuries from trauma or surgery
  • Certain birth defects or genetic conditions