Obesity is a heavier problem compared to overweight. And most people don’t see it; I mean, they see their figures ballooning yet think, ‘I just have to lose some weight.’ Yet this is not acceptable in all cases. Overweight people need to lose (only) about 10% of their excess weight to return to their normal weight as defined by standard height-weight charts. People who are considered overweight have not reached a weight high enough to qualify as being obese. This doesn’t mean though that they’re saved from the epidemic, for they’re the closest candidates for obesity. All they have to do is gain an astonishing 20% more weight to be pronounced as obese. People suffering from obesity have a highly excessive amount of body fat in relation to their lean body mass. Over weight and obesity are both determined by this calculation commonly called BMI or Body Mass Index. And both conditions lead to entirely the same health complications. The only difference is the degree of intensity.
Obese individuals have a 50% plus increased risk of death from all related diseases as compared to overweights and to healthy normal-weight individuals. With obesity comes the increased risk for high blood pressure, Type II Diab'etes, heart disease, and cancer. In addition, obesity has been linked to psychological disorders such as depression, low self-esteem, or feelings of shame, even suicidal tendencies. And if you think that things couldn’t get any worse, consider ‘morbid obesity’. First you’re fat, then overweight, and then obese, next you’re morbidly obese. In other words, you’re life is threatened.'
Morbidly obese individuals weigh from 50 to 100% percent more than their required normal weight – that is – 50 to 100 pounds heavier, and closing them to up to 100% life-threat due to all related diseases. Forget that they are discriminated against and verbally abused and are significantly hindered from accomplishing many of their day-to-day functions – this is a matter of 50/50 life-death.
Surgical procedures like gastric bypass and such, are seriously considered as the last weight control option for those who suffer from morbid obesity. Yet this remaining hope though has the possibility of causing the gravest complications that will cross-fingers against man’s greatest fear.
Obesity Related Health Problems
According to the statistic data of the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey or the NHANES, nearly two- thirds of the total adult population in the United States are overweight, and an astonishing figure of about 30.5% of Americans are obese. This over weight and obesity prevalence fact sheet provided by the study as well presents the accompanying obesity related health problems in the population, apart from the disease’s mortality and economic costs. And a significantly stunning 61+ million people are at risk of the deadly disorders associated with obesity.
Only some of the known and proven obesity related health problems are the following:
* type 2 diabetes
* insulin resistance, glucose intolerance
* heart disease and congestive heart failure
* stroke, respiratory breathing problems and sleep apnea
* high blood pressure (hypertension)
* high blood cholesterol (dyslipidemia)
* cholescystitis and cholelithiasis
* gallbladder disease and urine leakage (stress incontinence)
* presence of excess body and facial hair (hirsutism)
* poor female reproductive health (menstrual irregularities, infertility, irregular ovulation)
* pregnancy complications
* degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints (osteoarthritis)
* psychological disorders (depression, low self- esteem, distorted body image and eating disorders)
* some forms of cancer (breast, uterine, endometrial, prostate, colorectal, kidney, and gallbladder), and
* increased surgical risk
To note, there are also gender- specific obesity related health problems among obese women and men. Obese women who have a waist circumference of more than 35 inches is considered to have a high amount of visceral fats or accumulated fats surrounding the internal organs which are associated with higher risks of liver disease and chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. On the other hand, among obese males, are more likely deaths caused by colon, rectum, or prostate cancer as well as acquiring a suffering disorder of sleep apnea which is seriously associated with stroke and heart attack.
Being obese causes an increased risk for developing these numbers of serious and potentially lethal health problems. What makes these obesity related health problems even more noteworthy is the fact that it causes some 300,000 premature deaths in the United States every single year. Causing government spending of billions of dollars in health care costs, and the culprit is preventable. And with these risky obesity related health problems always in mind, no one would rather eat what he wants rather than wanting to live a long healthy life with his loved ones.