Saturday, September 1, 2012

Some Startling Facts About Obesity


Some Startling Facts About Obesity

What is obesity?
There is a difference between being overweight and being obese. People who are overweight may be heavier than the average person for their height due to an overabundance of muscle, particularly dense bone structure, water weight, and also fat. People who are obese, on the other hand, are simply carrying an excessive amount of fatty tissue. About a third of US citizens are overweight, and about a third are obese.
The body structure of an obese man consists of twenty-five percent fatty tissue. That of an obese woman consists of thirty percent fatty tissue. The percentage of fatty tissue per body weight is determined by a formula known as the Body Mass Index or BMI. This formula determines the ratio of fatty tissue to muscular, bone and other tissue in the total makeup of the body but other factors such as gender must also be considered.
Why is obesity a problem?
Obesity is far more than simply an aesthetic problem. Severe and morbid obesity presents serious health problems that have become epidemic in proportions in many parts of the world. In fact, complications arising from obesity cause more deaths annually in the US than any other single factor other than the use of tobacco products. People who suffer from severe and morbid obesity can expect:
* A higher tendency to develop osteoarthritis in the hips, knees, ankles and feet,
* A higher risk of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes,
* Depression and a variety of other psychological disorders,
* A higher risk of developing some kinds of cancers,
* Sterility and reproductive disorders,
* Sleep disorders and sleep apnea,
* High blood pressure,
* Heart disease,
* Gall Stones,
* And more.
Obesity causes significant stress to the individuals who experience it, their families, and the society in which we live. Treating the constellation of health problems that usually develop from being obese is costly and challenging. The National Institute of Health reports that 300,000 people die annually due to obesity related illness. For these reasons, effective methods of treatment and prevention must be found.
What causes obesity?
Obesity is caused by a combination of factors. Heredity comes into play, as well as other conditions such as thyroid disorders. Some kinds of medications can cause a person to gain weight significantly. However, more than anything else, obesity is caused by the combination of an inactive lifestyle and a poor, high calorie, highly processed diet.What can be done about obesity?
Although there are medical procedures that can be used to treat obesity (e.g. Roux-en-Y gastric by-pass and Lap Band surgery) it is highly advisable that all natural courses of treatment be pursued before surgical intervention is explored. People who are obese should be encouraged by their physicians and family to seek gradual exercise and gradual changes in nutritional habits. Psychological, behavioral and/or pharmaceutical intervention may be advised.
Weight loss for people who are severely or morbidly obese may take a very long time since the person did not gain the weight overnight; however, by committing to making consistent changes in lifestyle and diet, a lasting transformation may be obtained.
Our weight loss clients are averaging 3-7lbs/week. Our record is 8 lbs in one week. Our goal is to teach you how to eat for a lifetime and to make more educated choices with out feeling like you're starving. Most programs will totally control what you eat till you reach your goal weight. Then you stop and gain it all back and then some, as you were never trained how to eat, what to eat, how to make it work,and how to keep it off. What a RIPOFF! My wife and I have both lost and kept off over 30 lbs each. We'll be posting some of our clients results on 
next week. 
Look for causes of obesity coming soon.
Dr Mark


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