How to Treat Obesity

Published:December 3rd, 2010

Roughly one-third of Americans are obese, according to Mayoclinic.com.  However, not only adults in the United States are affected by this major health problem. Recent studies show that obesity is a fast-rising global epidemic and this problem is more pronounced in progressive countries.  Nevertheless, as stated by Reuters Health Information, in third world countries, this problem is also commonly seen among the wealthy.

You may be one of these people suffering from the direct and indirect onslaught of obesity and like other obese people, you are also looking for effective ways to treat your excess fats and bulges.  So how do you go about it?  How do you treat obesity?

How do you diagnose obesity?

Obesity can be defined as the excessive amount of fats within the body.  It can be clinically measured by using BMI or body mass index.  People who are considered obese usually have a body mass index of 30 and above. The most severe form of obesity, the morbid obesity, is associated with increased likelihood of serious health complications.

What are the usual symptoms seen in obesity?

Most obese patients have the following symptoms:

  • Chronic  back and joint pains
  • Excessive sweating
  • Episodes of transient breathing cessation during sleep
  • Shortness of breath associated with exertion
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • What are the possible complications of obesity?
  • Increase blood cholesterol levels
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes mellitus 2
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Gallstone formation
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Arthritis
  • Gynecologic problems such as hormonal imbalance, irregular menstrual cycle and infertility

And so, knowing these symptoms and complications that come with them, how do you manage obesity?

Do you know that if you are an obese patient, you will start reaping benefits with just a modest weight loss of ten percent? According to Mayoclinic.com, you will start seeing improvements and you will start feeling lighter and better with an approximate weight loss of five to fifteen percent of your original weight.  And the nearer you are to your target goal, the healthier you will become.

However, not all procedures leading to weight loss can be called ‘healthy’. There are some medically accepted treatment methods that can help you with your quest to a healthy weight loss.  Here are some examples of the healthy steps to a better, lighter you:

  1. Dietary modifications
  2. Increased physical activity
  3. Healthy disposition and behavioral change
  4. Prescription medications
  5. Assisted weight loss through surgery

Most people achieve their weight loss goal through the first three enumerated steps.  However, there are a few who still need some assistance through oral medications and occasionally, surgery to achieve their goal.  But your whatever method you use to get rid of those excess fats, be sure to consult your family physician, your dietician and your obesity specialist to ensure the safety and the effectiveness of your chosen weight loss procedure. After all, your willingness to participate and your attitude and determination to attain you goal are the major key factors in achieving a healthy and effective weight loss plan.

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