Obesity- Causes and Symptoms
Obesity is a condition in which the body has excess accumulated fats. Obesity has an adverse effect on person’s health and causes various diseases. Modern and unhealthy eating and living habits are a major cause of obesity.
Obesity means accumulation of excess fat in the body. Obesity is considered a chronic disease. It has many serious long-term consequences for your health, and it is a leading cause of deaths that could have been prevented. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30. The BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height.
What are the causes of Obesity?
Weight gain occurs when you eat more calories than your body burns. If the food you eat has more calories than your body needs, the excess is converted to fat.
Emotions: Some people overeat because of depression, hopelessness, anger, boredom, and many other reasons. This doesn't mean that overweight and obese people have more emotional problems than other people. It just means that their feelings influence their eating habits, leading them to overeat.
Genes: Obesity tends to run in families. This is caused both by genes, shared diet and also by lifestyle habits. Having obese relatives does not always mean that you will be obese.
Age: People lose muscle and gain fat as they age. Their metabolism also slows gradually. Both of these lower the calorie requirements.
Environmental factors: The most important environmental factor is your lifestyle. You’re eating habits and activity level depends on your surroundings. Overeating and inactivity are the most important risk factors for obesity.
Sex: Men have more muscle than women, on average. Because muscle burns more calories than other types of tissue, men use more calories than women, even at rest. Thus, women are more likely to gain weight with the same calorie intake.
The following are the most common symptoms which indicate that a person is obese. Although, the patient's appearance is sufficient to arrive at a diagnosis in most cases. Obesity is determined by the persons BMI (body mass index) depending on weight to height, though each person may experience symptoms in a different way. Symptoms are as follows:-
Large body size;
Finding difficulty in doing daily activities;
Breathlessness in doing even small activities;
Disproportionate facial features;
Breast region adiposity - (sagging fat cells) noticed in boys;
Big belly (abdomen), sometimes marked with white or purple blemishes;
External genitalia in boys may appear disproportionately small;
Early arrival of puberty due to obesity;
Flabby and loose fat in the upper arms and thighs;
In addition to the day-to-day problems of obesity, many people may also experience psychological problems. These include:
• Having low self-esteem;
• Having a poor self-image i.e. not liking the way you look;
• Having low level of confidence;
• Feeling of isolation in society, or
• Having reduced mobility leading to a poor quality of life.
Being obese also puts a lot of mental pressure on the people who are suffering from it, and are trying to reduce weight but fail due to some or the other reasons. This ultimately leads to depression.
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