Obesity


A person is said to be obese if their body mass index (BMI) score is greater than 30. It is one of the leading preventable health conditions in the developed world, though some cases of obesity are not necessarily caused by dietary and lifestyle factors, but rather genetics. Obese people are at elevated risk for a wide range of medical conditions, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes and sleep apnea. While the condition can be treated through modifications to the patient’s diet and lifestyle, including calorie reduction and increased levels of physical activity, surgical interventions such as lap band surgery to decrease the size of the stomach are becoming increasingly widespread.

Obesity Focus


What is Obesity?

Obesity, or an obese individual, is defined as someone with an excess amount of body fat. However, scientists...


Causes of Obesity

Regardless if obesity is an imbalance of body fat versus muscle fat or between the calories...


Managing Obesity

The main treatment for obesity is a combination of healthy diet and physical activity. And although fad...

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