Archive for the ‘Obesity’ Category

Overweight and Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Overweight and obesity are issues of concern in children and adolescents. There has been an increase in the incidence of diabetes, hypertension in the adolescent age group, something that was so unheard of. 

Obese children show decreases in physical and social functioning. They suffer from peer pressure, finally going into depression. Overweight and obesity in childhood are risk factors for obesity in young adulthood and middle age.

Causes of Obesity

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Causes of Obesity include the following :

  • Inadequate exercise (sedentary lifestyle) 
  • Poor diet (Fast food culture) 
  • Hormonal factors, 
  • Genetic factors and 
  • Environmental factors.

Consequences of Obesity to Health

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Obesity should never be taken lightly as it may have the some consquences on your health also. Here listed are few of associated consequences.

  • Obesity in adulthood is associated with significant decrease in life expectancy and increase in early mortality. 
  • Obesity is associated with increased risk for Hypertension 
  • Diabetes (adult type) 
  • Coronary heart disease 
  • Asthma 
  • Gallstones 
  • Cancer (such as breast, colon, cervical, and uterine) 
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Tendency

About Obesity

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Overweight is classified as a body mass index (BMI) (weight [kg] /height [m2]) ? 25.0 and obesity as a BMI ? 30.0. Morbid obesity is BMI > 40.0. The prevalence of obesity is nearly identical in men and women and ranges from 18% among adults aged 18 to 29 years to 30% among adults aged 50 to 59 years. Obesity is more common among people with a sedentary lifestyle and often causes multiple health problems in both children and adults, hence should be nipped in the bud before it raises its ugly head.