OBESITY: WHY ARE WE OBESE?

Obesity distribution across the United States.Obesity Prevalence Across The United States.

Over 65 million Americans are obese.  15 million Canadians and more than 67 % of the UK adult population are either overweight or obese. The same pattern is being seen in the rest of Europe, Central and South Americas, Africa and Australia. Asia is not spared. 

In May 2014, WHO or the World Health Organization reported that at least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. 

Obesity is a growing epidemic worldwide. This was never the case until recently. The same report (from WHO) states that since 1980, obesity has doubled worldwide. yet, obesity is preventable.

So, why are we obese? What are we doing wrong? Why are we getting fatter and bigger? Obesity is killing us. Slowly. 

Are you obese or overweight? Have you been struggling to lose weight without success? Tried that diet, exercise and even medications with no lasting reward? 

Join me here as we explore why we are obese and take practical steps to overcome your weight issues and enjoy better health by following proven medical advice. before we do so, let's take a quick look at the cost of being obese and see why it is not worth remaining where we are. 

The Cost of Being Obese

Heart attack in an obese man.Obesity Can Lead To A Premature Heart Attack.

To be obese is no joke. Mounting medical evidence shows that being obese or severely overweight takes a huge toll on your life and health on so many fronts.

If you are morbidly obese (grade IV obesity with a BMI of 40 or more), for example, your lifespan or life expectancy is cut short by at least 10 years! 

What is left of those years could be life spent with lower back pain, knee and hip pain, low self esteem, depression and a myriad of medical problems, including:

  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Gout
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea
  • Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
  • Infertility
  • Dementia
  • Skin diseases
  • Colon cancer 
  • Recurrent yeast infections
  • Low libido
  • Breathing problems
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Social anxiety
  • Benign Intracranial Hypertension
  • Osteoarthritis
  • And more. 

The true cost of obesity is beyond measure. Being obese and its complications are the leading cause of death in the developed world. Again, obesity is preventable. It is also curable. Where do you actually want to be: To be obese or not to? 

But, what actually is obesity? How can I really know if I am obese and what grade of obesity do I have?

What Is Obesity?

Obesity is the accumulation of excessive amount of weight for your height.Obesity is the accumulation of excessive amount of weight for your height.

Obesity is the accumulation of excessive amount of fat in the body to the point of it affecting your health.  

It is measured by means of a tool called BMI or body mass index. BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height. It is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared.  BMI= weight in kilogram / height in metres2. Normal body mass index is between 18.5 to 24.9.  

You can calculate your BMI by taking a measurement of your weight in Kg and your height as well, in meters (M).  Multiply your height by your height again to get your height squared (for example 1.8 m X 1.8 m = 3.24 m) and  then divide your weight (for example 80 kg) by the result (i.e. 80 kg ÷ 3.24 = 24.69).  

I hope this is not too confusing...loads of high school maths here!  If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you are said to be overweight BMI of greater than 30 is obese. A BMI of 40 or more is classified as being morbidly obese, now referred to as Grade III obesity.  Research has shown that most people start to develop complications unknown to them, when their BMI reaches or is greater than 27. Yes. The complications of being overweight starts to set in at a BMI of 27. 

Is This You?

  •     √ Is your actual weight more than what your ideal weight should be?
  •     √ Can't comfortably sit in an airplane seat
  •     √ Get out of breath when walking a short distance
  •     √ Can't bend over to tie your shoes without great effort
  •     √ Can't play with your kids or grand kids for lack of energy
  •     √ Can't sit on folding or regular chairs for fear of collapsing
  •     √ Can't pass a fast food place without getting "just a snack"
  •     √ Feet hurt when you have to work all day
  •     √ Sleeping companion says you "snore"
  •     √ You think buying chicken by the bucket is a great deal.

If you answered "yes" to the first question and any three or more of the above, you are probably obese. You must resolve to do something about this today! These signs show that you are already suffering with significant complications of obesity. Do not let being overweight or obese continue to rob you of your enjoyment of life. 

Get Help To Overcome Obesity And Related Health Problems Here

Omatseye Edema MD, MSc, MRCGP, CCFP, DRCOG. WebMD at Whybeobese.com

If you are overweight or obese and looking for help with controlling your weight, look no further. This website, www.whybeobese.com was created to help provide you or your loved one, trusted medical information and advice on how to lose weight, overcome obesity and related medical conditions. 

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