Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What Causes Obesity and Morbid Obesity?

What Causes Obesity and Morbid Obesity?

There are numerous causes for obesity and morbid obesity. These include:
Diet vs. Physical Activity: Consuming more calories from food than expending with physical activity results in weight gain from the stored calories. To maintain a healthy weight balance, you should only consume the necessary amounts of calories needed to support your physical activity level.
Heredity: There are scientific studies that have proven that there can be a link between obesity and heredity. However, many times, it is difficult to distinguish if family-related obesity is due to genetic factors or shared diet and lifestyle habits.
Lifestyle Habits: There are many lifestyle aspects that can negatively affect your weight. Hectic and stressful lifestyles, lack of routine physical exercise and lack of sleep can all contribute to obesity. Choosing to eat out, order “take-out” and purchase foods from vending machines encourages the consumption of larger meals, foods high in fat and foods lower in nutritional value. Also, significant time spent using electronic-based entertainment (i.e. TV, video games, internet, etc.) results in the enjoyment of more stationary activities.
Medical Conditions: There are several illnesses that are associated with, and may lead to, weight gain. These include:Hypothyroidism – a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. This hormone is needed to manage metabolism. Metabolism converts the fuel from food into energy. A lower metabolic rate can result in fatigue, weight gain and depression. Click here for the National Institutes of Health’s detailed explanation of Hypothyroidism.Cushing’s syndrome (or hypercortisolism) – a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. This hormone is needed to manage metabolism. Metabolism converts the fuel from food into energy. A lower metabolic rate can result in fatigue, weight gain and depression. Click here for the National Institutes of Health’s detailed explanation of Cushing’s syndrome.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. This hormone is needed to manage metabolism. Metabolism converts the fuel from food into energy. A lower metabolic rate can result in fatigue, weight gain and depression. Click here for the National Institutes of Health’s detailed explanation of PSOC.
Medications: Certain types of drugs — including steroids, antidepressants and medications for psychiatric conditions or seizure disorders — may cause weight gain. These medications can potentially result in a slower metabolism, increased appetite or water retention. If a prescribed medication is causing unwanted weight gain, consult your physician.

What are the Risks Associated with Obesity and Morbid Obesity?

Obesity can affect the quality of life through limited mobility and decreased physical endurance, as well as through social, academic and job discrimination. In addition, obesity can bring on serious health issues and diseases, including:
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Male-related cancers (i.e. colon, rectum or prostate)
  • Female-related cancers (gallbladder, uterine, cervical or ovarian)
  • Dyslipidemia
  • High Cholesterol
  • Osteoarthritis (especially on weight-bearing joints)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn
  • Infertility
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Lymphedema
  • Depression
  • Premature death — an estimated 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity
Note: Obesity-related health issues can be reversed with weight loss surgery, combined with healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

Monday, August 18, 2014

What's your sugar intake?

How many teaspoons of sugar do you think you eat a day? The average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. Here's what the sweet stuff is doing to your body: #Sugar #WeightLoss #Diabetes #WeightLossSurgery.

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