What is Obesity?
Obesity is a complex disorder involving an excessive amount of body fat. Per estimates released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, over 35% of adult Americans and 17% of American children are considered to be obese. These numbers have only risen in 2014. The condition is caused by an imbalance in the proportion of energy taken into the body, as compared to the amount of energy expended by the body. At the root of this imbalance are several factors including one’s lifestyle decisions with diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption, hereditary disorders increasing your risk for obesity despite your lifestyle choices, as well as other medical conditions that lead to obesity such as hypothyroidism and depression.
Am I Obese?
BMI or Body Mass Index is the primary measurement used to determine whether an individual is overweight, obese or morbidly obese. An individual with a BMI between 25-30% is considered overweight. A person with a BMI of between 31-35% is considered obese and a BMI between 35-40% is considered severely obese. When one has surpassed their optimum weight by 100 pounds or more, or has a BMI in excess of 40%, they are considered to be morbidly obese. Once you cross the line from being overweight to being obese, you have a much more difficult time losing weight and keeping it off. You can calculate your BMI by entering your height and weight into our BMI calculator.
Should I consider Surgery?
Obesity is not simply a cosmetic concern. Obesity increases your risk of diseases and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even death at a young age. Morbid obesity significantly increases your risks for these disorders.
Dietary changes, increased physical activity and behavior changes can help you lose weight. Unfortunately, once someone becomes severely obese(BMI > 35), there is only a 5% chance that they will be able to successfully lose and maintain their weight loss with diet and exercise alone. Weight-loss surgery may be the best option to treat your obesity. Weigh loss surgery is recognized by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the only effective form of long term weight loss for severely or morbidly obese patients.