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Top 8 FAQs (frequently asked questions) about Obesity

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Did you know that being overweight is different from being obese? If yes, congratulations! You are among the few people who know the difference.  

Obesity is a disease that can happen if you don’t take care of your eating habits and lifestyle. It leads to health problems like diabetes, kidney disease, cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart disease, etc. It is one of the leading healthcare concerns in America.  

Here’s a list of the most asked questions about obesity. 

What is obesity? 

Ans. Obesity is a chronic disease that happens when you have an excessive amount of body fat that can lead to health-related problems over time. It happens when you consume more calories than you burn, and those calories are stored as fats in your body that lead to weight gain. Obesity occurs when your Body Mass Index (BMI) is above or equal to 30. Although there is no cure for obesity you can control its symptoms by managing your weight.  

 What are the types of obesity? 

Ans. There are 3 types of obesity based on the range in the BMI calculator. Higher in the range means a more severe type of obesity. Treatment given to an obese patient is based on these three types of classes. These are the classes: 

  • Class I obesity: BMI 30 to <35 kg/m². 
  • Class II obesity: BMI 35 to <40 kg/m². 
  • Class III obesity: BMI 40+ kg/m².

What is Morbid Obesity?  

Ans. Morbid obesity is another name for class 3 obesity. This means the most severe obesity which ranges above 40+ in BMI. Morbid obesity is the most dangerous category of obesity as it can cause serious health diseases and can lead to premature death in 50 to 100% of cases. 

What is the difference between being overweight and obese? 

Ans. Although they sound similar, they are hugely different. Being overweight means that your weight is more than your ideal weight. The BMI comes within the range of 25 to 30. And being an overweight person is a health condition, not a disease, and doesn’t lead to any chronic health problems. But that is not the case with being obese. Obese people have excessive weight and have associated health-related problems. The BMI ranges from 30 to 40. And being obese is a disease.  

 Does obesity affect fertility? 

Ans. Yes, it does-in both males and females. 

  • If a female is obese, chances are they suffer from hormonal imbalances that can affect their menstrual cycle and interfere with ovulation leading to infertility. Obesity is also related to PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), a condition where the egg doesn’t reach its maturity or doesn’t get released due to a scarcity of hormones.  
  • In the case of males, obesity affects the quality and quantity of sperm and their activity with functional and morphological alternations.  

But the good news is that, if you lose weight, your chances of conceiving are improved significantly. If women opt for bariatric surgery, it is recommended that they should wait at least 1 year before conceiving, because they will be on a specially prescribed diet for 6 months after the surgery, which would affect their nutrition status.  

 Can my children have obesity, if I have it? 

Ans. Well, genetics and some environmental aspects can give your children obesity. In fact, according to one new research, 35 to 40% of children have weight problems that are inherited by their parents. But obesity is not influenced by one or two but by multiple factors. If you find obesity symptoms in your child, change his/her lifestyle, eating habits, and consult the doctor on how to prevent the obesity from growing.  

 What is emotional eating? 

Ans. Binge eating triggered by feeling negative emotions is called emotional eating. It’s influenced by strong negative and stressful situations. You crave food that has a high-calorie content such as ice cream, chocolates, crisps, biscuits, fries, etc. which feels good and has good taste.  

 Can obesity be cured? 

Ans. Even after so much scientific development, there is no cure for obesity. Obesity is a chronic disease that requires specific treatment to lose weight and avoid weight regain. There are several treatments for obesity but none of them are completely effective.  

  • Physiological adaptations (diet, exercise) may lead to weight loss, but unfortunately, that is not permanent, and you can easily regain all the weight you lost if you don’t keep up these habits.  
  • Even bariatric surgery leads to significant weight loss in the person, which can only lower your weight for a limited time. Only 80% of people are able to maintain their health, and the other 20% gain the lost weight because they find it hard to adapt to the new lifestyle after the surgery. 

So, to avoid weight regain, you need to change your lifestyle for good and counteract the physiological factors that can lead to weight regain. 

Obesity is a chronic disease that can affect your whole life and even lead to further health problems which can make you disabled or some cases lead to death too. Want to know which treatments work for obesity? 

Call us at 347-868-1060 to get a free consultation.  

 

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