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Obesity

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Obesity is a major public health problem, not only here in the United States but is a worldwide problem affecting the population of all ages. Obesity can be measured in several ways, one of them being comparing the weight against your height to get the body mass index, measuring the circumference of the person’s waist, among others.

What are the causes of obesity? Obesity can be caused by different factors, most often these being overeating and not doing exercise. Other causes can be thyroid disease, genetic predisposition, some medicines (chronic corticosteroid use can cause you to gain weight), lifestyle conditions, and some other diseases.

How can I know if I am just overweight or I am in the obesity range? Calculating a body mass index is very easy and can be done by your primary doctor.

What should I do if I am obese? As mentioned before, most cases of obesity are caused by excess or disorganized eating and lack or too little exercise, therefore a healthy diet and a comprehensive exercise plan can help you lose the extra weight. In some occasions medicine or other measures need to be taken in case there is disease causing the weight gain. Make sure you go to your doctor before starting any medicine or diet plan.

What should my body mass index be?

BMI  
Less than 18.5 Underweight
18.5-24.9 Normal
25-29.9 Overweight
30-34.9 Obesity grade I
35-39.9 Obesity grade II
More than 40 Obesity grade III (Morbid Obesity)

Eating healthy, doing regular exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will increase the quality of your life and you will have a better health overall.

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