Overview of Obesity

To help you understand how weight loss surgery will change your life, let us explain a little about what obesity is and how it affects the body.

What Is Obesity?
Obesity is a chronic disease that affects the health of millions of people all over the world. This serious condition is defined as an excessively high body fat to lean body mass ratio. Obesity is a resulting condition when you consume more calories than you burn.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
Your BMI a measurement of body mass based on your height to weight ratio. The BMI measurement doesn’t differentiate between muscle mass and body fat, so if for example you have a lot of muscle bulk, you may have a high BMI but that does not necessarily mean you are obese.

According to the BMI measurement, overweight is defined as 25 to 29.9, obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or more and extreme obesity is a BMI 40. Extreme obesity is also often referred to as “morbid obesity” due to the health risks that are associated with the condition.

Causes of Obesity
Obesity can be caused by any combination of the following:

- Genetic inheritance
- How efficiently your body converts food into energy
- Your exercise habits
- Your eating habits
- Your environment
- Psychological factors

Complications Associated With Obesity
Being obese, or severely or morbidly obese can contribute to a whole host of health issues.

Physical health risks may include:
- A shorter life expectancy
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Certain types of cancer (colon, breast, uterine)
- Breathing difficulty including asthma and sleep apnea
- Digestive disorders
- Fertility issues
- Incontinence

Is Obesity Affecting Your Day-to-Day Living?
Obesity can make normal, everyday tasks difficult because movement can be difficult when you are obese. Being obese can cause you to tire and become short of breath more quickly. It may even become difficult to maintain personal hygiene.

If obesity is affecting your life and you’re considering weight loss surgery as a way to manage your obesity, call (781) 306-6166 to register for one of our monthly weight loss surgery information sessions and take the first step toward your new life.

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