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Obesity Frequently Asked Questions

What is obesity?

Obesity is a physical condition, which is characterized by storage of additional calories that aren’t burnt and then gets stored as fat. A person can be termed as obese when his/her body mass index (BMI) is much higher than normal. Obesity is a prevalent problem in the UK these days and also is responsible for several life threatening physical conditions.

How is it diagnosed?

The common notion is that any person who is physically perceived as being overweight can be called obese. Actually, obesity as a physical condition can only be identified through measuring BMI or body mass index. The BMI of a person with a healthy weight should be under 25 and it’s over 25 up to 30 a person is generally considered as being overweight. Anyone with the BMI measurement higher than 30 is considered obese and should consider losing weight or getting treatment for their condition.

Who is it most likely to affect?

Obesity may affect men and women who fall within any age group. Currently in the UK almost 15 million people are obese and it is believed that by 2030 will be likely to double. Lifestyle problems is one of the most important and common causes of obesity and men and women who tend to live unhealthily and not get enough exercise are more likely to develop this health condition.

What are the causes?

The most common cause of obesity is the fact that people don’t always know what they should and shouldn’t be eating. Factors like consumption of too much food and beverages high in calories, dependence on medications, especially antidepressants, and lifestyle problem have the most important roles to play in causing obesity. People with genetic disorders and hormonal imbalances may also be more at risk of developing this condition. Sudden changes in lifestyle also have a role to play.

What health problems can it cause?

Obesity may lead to several serious physical conditions. This condition has significant role to play by increasing the risk of physical complications, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood circulation problems, type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke, in the UK. Moreover, a person while on the way of developing this physical complication may experience problems such as sleeping disorders, depression, skin problems, inflammation at the bone joints, troubled breathing and heart rhythm disorders.

Can it be prevented?

Obesity can easily be prevented by ensuring that you exercise more often and that you’re more active. Try to control your regular diet and keep some minutes free for yourself so that you can engage in regular physical exercise to burn off the extra calories. If your physician tells you that a particular part of your lifestyle is causing this problem, then it might be better to focus on that and get it treated.

Can it be treated?

Thanks to scientific advancement today a person has several options to treat obesity, especially when you are looking for immediate solution. The slimming pills are quite effective in most cases but make sure that the medication you use has undergone sufficient clinical testing. Surgery is also a recommend way for obesity treatment but it is often discouraged as the chances of further complications are high.

When should prescription medication be considered?

You may start with prescription medication when your BMI shows that you are critically overweight, which is over 27. Currently the most effective prescription medication available in the UK to treat obesity is Xenical. It stops your body from absorbing up to 30% of the fat from the food you consume. As Xenical works in your digestive system you don’t need to worry about problems like mood swings and chemical imbalances in the brain as a result of treatment, the common side effects of ordinary slimming pills.

When should surgery be considered?

The introduction of prescription obesity treatment medication has made treatment with medication so simple that surgery is least advised. Obesity treatment with surgery is not only hazardous but in the later stage of life it may cause further complications.