Obesity



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Myths & Fact

Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to an extent that it may have a negative effect on health. People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the square of the person's height, is over 30 kg/m2; the range 25–30 kg/m2 is defined as overweight. Some East Asian countries use lower values. Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases and conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis, and depression.

Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food intake, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility. A few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications, or mental disorder. The view that obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is not medically supported. On average, obese people have greater energy expenditure than their normal counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass.

 

AM I OVER WEIGHT?

A simple weight assessment using Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI, or Body Mass Index, calculates one's mass per unit of surface area. Due to this, those with a high proportion of muscle (for example, athletes) may have a very high BMI.

However, this is no indication of their fitness or of their general health. Furthermore, some critics argue that age isn't taken into consideration.

Our Doctors

Dt. VANDANA GUPTA

M.H.Sc.(Food & Nutrition)

Dt. MONIKA ARORA

B.Sc(Food & Nutrition)
Pg.D(Dietitics & Nutrition)