Obesity occurs when there is too much fat in the body. Generally, overweight and obesity mean a weight greater than what is healthy. It can be measured using the BMI or body mass index. The BMI will compare your weight to your height. Too many health experts, adults aged 35 and older with a BMI of 30 is considered obese.
Fat is important for the body because it is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, shock absorption, and other functions.
Obesity will not only affect how you look but is also a chronic medical disease that can lead to many serious medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, gallstones, and other chronic illnesses and according to some studies is a risk factor for a number of cancers.
The treatment of obesity is not a one-time fix but a lifelong commitment to eating properly increased physical activity and regular exercise.
Obesity can lead to many complications:
- Resistance to Insulin. Insulin is necessary to convert glucose into energy. Insulin is a hormone that will transport glucose into the cells and keep the blood glucose level in the normal range. This is because fat cells are more insulin resistant than muscle cells.
- High blood pressure or Hypertension. Is common among many obese adults.
- High Cholesterol
- Heart Attack. A study proved that for every 1-kilogram increase in body weight, the risk of death from coronary artery disease is increased by almost 1%.
- Gout or Gouty Arthritis
- Osteoarthritis of the knees, hips, and the lower back.
A person will gain weight if he or she eats more calorie than he or she burns. When the person gains weight, the body will store the excess energy as fat. If he or she eats fewer calories, she will definitely lose weight. Therefore, the most common cause of obesity is overeating and physical inactivity.
- Genes. An individual has a high chance of becoming obese if one or both of his parents are obese.
- A diet high in simple carbohydrates
- Frequency of Eating
- Physical Inactivity
- Psychological factors
If you think you are suffering from Obesity you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Obesity as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).