What is Obesity and Overweight?

Obesity and Overweight

The terms “obesity” and “overweight” are not synonymous. Obesity denotes excessive adipose tissue. Overweight does not distinguish between body components – muscle, bone, and fat. Overweight and obesity affect all age groups, sexes, racial/ethnic groups, and educational levels.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is defined as the excessive accumulation of adipose tissue fat as a result of caloric intake in excess of requirements for basal metabolism and physical activity.

Causes of Obesity

Obesity is a result, when intake of food is in excess of physiological needs like consuming foods of high caloric density, extra responsiveness, eating habits, elderly, physical inactivity and injury or illness etc. Environmental factors like lack of awareness about the caloric value of foods and hazards of excessive consumption of high-calorie foods and lack of access to safe places to play and exercise, all contribute to the increase in obesity rates by inhibiting or preventing healthy eating and active living behaviors.

Obesity as Health Threat

Not only obesity is a disease itself but it invites other diseases as well. The susceptibility of so many diseases increases in presence of obesity.

Is Obesity Hereditary Factor only

Obesity is often the inevitable consequence of lethargy and over eating, so cannot be ignored lightly as a hereditary factor.

Use of Will Power

Although fighting obesity is a battle of will, but serious motivation and absolute commitment can help achieve the objective.

Healthy and Active Lifestyle

Choosing a lifestyle that includes good eating habits and daily physical activity can be of great help in preventing weight gain.

Remain Smart and Fit

By avoiding weight gain, people can avoid higher risks of many chronic diseases and can enjoy life in a befitting manner.