Obesity – When It’s Too Much
A guide to find a concrete solution.
There is a thin line between overweight and obese, yet there is a thin line to separate them. That is why it’s important to know the difference especially when health is at stake versus neglect.
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 Diabetes, 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.
BMI: A Measure of Obesity?
Do you know about it?
Since awareness of the dangers of obesity became widespread, many strategies have emerged to counteract the condition.
However, there was no concrete basis that determines if a person is in fact obese or not.
People back then assumed that extreme fatness is obesity.
This changed in 1996 when a Belgian statistician and anthropometrist Adolphe Quetelet developed the Body Mass Index (BMI).
The BMI estimates the amount of body fat in order to determine obesity and its severity much like a thermometer measuring the degree of temperature.
To calculate BMI, a subject’s weight (in Kilograms) is divided by the square of the subject’s height (in meters) as shown in the equation: BMI=kg/m2. the resulting value is then compared to an index of numbers that defines being underweight with a BMI of less than 18.5, normal at a BMI range of 18.8 to 24.9, overweight at a BMI range of 25.0 to 29.8, obese at a BMI range of 30 to 39.9 and morbidly obese at BMI of 40.0 or higher.
These definitions were agreed upon and published in the year 2000. Since its release, it has been relied on to determine a specific status of obesity and related risks.
Although BMI and obesity were meant to go hand in hand, BMI cannot be a sole factor in determining obesity and in prediction a person’s cardiovascular health. In the calculation, we assume that the BMI results is body fat neglecting the type of body mass a person has. The type of body mass would be different for a muscular person and in an aging person who have lost body mass.
BMI is, in fact, only one of the clinical assessments used to determine heart risks. Also, BMI does not consider the ratio between fat and muscle tissue nor does it recognize the forms of fat and waist circumference.
BMI, it seems have been quite a assistance to obesity. Despite the inaccuracy of the number, many continue to rely on this that it is used to identify persons with a certain BMI count a corresponding risk to another disease.
Or even as an indicator of weight loss instead of measuring weight.
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Naturally BMI cannot answer all questions regarding obesity and its health risks. It has limited coverage, obviously. Therefore it can only be a determining factor of obesity in general. It is as reliable as weighing yourself but in obvious cases of being overweight.
Assuring a Life-Saving Obesity Surgery
When "Too Much" is knocking your door
If by chance, you’ve reached the end of the line, you have two possible endings: one is complete recovery, and the other the opposite.
Obesity surgery is the last recommended treatment for the most severe cases of obesity. Yet the last treatment is still meant to be a ‘treatment’, a remedy for you to gain back the health you once lost.
To assure you of a safe obesity surgery pay attention to these important life-saving measures and information:
First to keep in mind is that obesity surgery is meant for serious obesity cases, meaning obesity problems that have been impossible to eliminate after trying all possible weight-control and weight-loss methods.
Obesity surgery or specifically, Bariatric surgery (also Gastrointestinal surgery), is reserved only for cases of severe obesity that have been resistant to all other obesity treatments.
Second to consider is that obesity (Bariatric) surgery offers several types to choose from. Nonetheless, the risks for either of the obesity surgery types are similar, and the prospective results and outcome are also comparable.
The first obesity surgery method is called the Restrictive Weight Loss Surgery which includes ‘stomach-stapling’ aiming to restrict the obese patient’s amount of food to be consumed at a single sitting.
In the process, the doctors cut and create a small pouch at the top of the stomach capable of holding about 1-ounce of food.
The small opening at the bottom of the pouch holds food and causes a feeling of fullness.
After the surgery, the patient can eat no more than ¾-cup to 1-cup of well-grinded insipid food at one time without being upset. The ‘lap-banding’ variation of the surgery doesn’t need to cut into the stomach or intestine of the patient. Rather, a silicone-band is wrapped around the upper stomach to create a pouch, making patient recovery-period shorter while also reducing the risks for surgery complications.
The second type of Bariatric method is the more common Mal-absorptive Surgery which includes the ‘gastric bypass’ procedure. The purpose of this surgery is to prevent the effective absorption of nutrients from eaten food by ‘bypassing’ most digestion in the food’s path.
The mal-absorption results in significant weight-loss and reduced appetite; yet it also results in chronic diarrhea, stomach ulcers, flatulence and foul-smelling stool, a dumping syndrome characterized by fainting, nausea, sweating and diarrhea after eating, and the risk of nutritional deficiencies.
Patients opting for any of the Bariatric surgeries would first have to undergo a scrutinized medical evaluation to determine his suitability for the surgery. Candidates include those who are at least 80-100-pounds overweight and have been unsuccessful with traditional weight-loss methods.
Patients having physical problems but require weight-loss may also be candidates for an obesity surgery.
Once you’re qualified for the surgery, you would have to realize several other important things such as the required lifelong medical supervision after the surgery, the continuing need for lifestyle and dietary changes, and the seriousness of the surgery risks requiring full-provision of physical and emotional support before, during and after the surgery.
Treating Obesity with Light Therapy
An alternative solution not well known
Since the time when obesity was revealed to have such major health problems, many strategies have merged to counter the problem. The core treatment to counter obesity is an increase in exercise and a low-energy diet.
There is approximately an average of 8% weight loss. However, the response to dieting and exercise vary. A simple diet change may be effective to one person but a clinical drug therapy may be more effective to another. To determine a suitable therapy for obesity, you must begin with the simplest and move on to more intense treatments if necessary.
The following is a short account of treating obesity with light therapy.
The first step to obesity therapy is counseling to determine a diet and exercise regimen and setting a realistic weight loss goal.
Treating obesity with light therapy is a simple intervention to lose weight.
It is a treatment of restricted diet or regular exercise or better yet a combination of both.
The diet must consist of calories fewer than your normal intake. Take in well-balanced meals in appropriate servings, not large ones. Eat foods with a high fiber content such as raw vegetables and fresh fruits. Whole grains are good but be careful in choosing them. Rice is not advisable due to its high-calorie and low-fiber content.
Lessen the intake of meat and avoid fatty meat. Do not choose fried dishes. Choose foods that are baked, broiled or steamed. Fast food is not advisable. Avoid soft drinks and high fat desserts such as regular ice cream, chips and the like. Be careful in choosing low-fat products, they may just cause you gain weight. Organic and fresh is better. Keep in mine that you require a light, lean and low-fat meal.
Exercise is important. Treating obesity with light therapy is better accomplished with regular exercise. Exercise will burn the excess fat and help maintain a healthy weight. It also contribute to good mental health. Begin with changing travel modes. If your destination is near enough, brisk walk or ride a bike instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of using escalators and elevators. Exercise for at least 20 minutes at 4 to 5 times a week. Taking up a sport would do you good.
The important thing is to exercise no matter how small you start with.
Its already a good start by treating obesity with light therapy.
Patience and faith is important to battling obesity. If treating obesity with light therapy does not result to a healthy weight and good overall health at the beginning, be patient and have faith.
Giving up will not bring you anywhere. You must believe in yourself that you can achieve your goal.
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