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Beyond the Scale: Exploring Obesity's Impact Beyond Weight

Dr. Rahul Verma 499 Views
Updated: 08 Apr 2024
Published: 08 Apr 2024
Obesity's Impact Beyond Weight

Obesity is not just about carrying extra weight; the condition can seriously affect your health in multiple ways. Being obese harms your health since obese people are more likely to suffer from a wide range of illnesses, including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes, among many more.

When these illnesses are coupled with obesity, people may face a serious health emergency that can prevent them from living a normal life. If you are worried that you might be obese, take an obesity test or evaluate your organ conditions with multiple tests. Knowing whether or not you are obese will help you make lifestyle changes, and you might even consider visiting a doctor for further guidance.

What is Obesity?

A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more is considered obese, which indicates that obesity develops when a person weighs more than what medical experts deem appropriate for their height (BMI = kg/m2 where kg is a person's weight in kilograms and m2 is their height in meters squared). There are other indicators of obesity than BMI, such as the waist-to-hip ratio, a system used by medical professionals to assess obesity and the likelihood of obesity-related disorders in a patient. Obesity is a condition that can be brought on by several circumstances, including eating patterns, a sedentary lifestyle, and medical issues.

Long-term Obesity Impact on Health

People don’t become obese overnight, the condition progresses slowly, and as the weight increases, its effects on your health keep getting worse. After a long time of being obese, all of your organs will be harmed by this condition. Let’s see the effects of obesity and the impacts it may have on your health:

  1. Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Type 2 diabetes is a condition brought on by elevated blood glucose, often known as blood sugar, and more than ninety percent of individuals with type 2 diabetes are obese or overweight. Elevated blood glucose levels have the potential to cause several health complications, such as renal disease, heart disease, nerve damage, and vision issues. Consider taking an obesity test done through a BMI check and other tools, and your doctor will tell you how much weight you should lose to possibly avoid or control type 2 diabetes.

  2. Affects Cardiovascular Health: The heart has to work harder in obese individuals in order to pump blood throughout the body, and elevated blood pressure results from this. The most common cause of stroke is elevated blood pressure because the blood arteries that supply the heart with blood might stiffen and constrict due to high blood pressure. Chronic renal disease can also be brought on by high blood pressure and get worse over time.
  3. Creates Insulin resistance: Insulin resistance in the body's cells can also be caused by obesity, and it is particularly harmful to your health. The hormone insulin transports blood sugar to your cells, where it is used as an energy source, and high blood sugar is the outcome of the cells' inability to absorb sugar when an individual is resistant to insulin. Numerous health problems, such as renal disease, stroke, and blindness, are associated with insulin resistance, which often leads to type 2 diabetes. This issue can also affect your cholesterol level, and it is best that you take an HDL test to evaluate your condition.
  4. Can cause Sleep Apnea: Your upper airway gets obstructed when you have sleep apnea, which results in erratic or even intermittent cessation of breathing. Diabetes and heart disease are just two of the numerous health issues that untreated sleep apnea can cause, and adults with sleep apnea frequently have obesity. An increased amount of fat may be accumulated around the neck in those who are overweight or obese, which is the reason why the airway is narrowed. A narrow airway may also result in snoring or difficulty breathing, but losing weight might help minimize or eliminate sleep apnea. When you visit a doctor to treat sleep apnea, they may recommend that you take an obesity test so that your treatment can be personalized.
  5. Worsens Digestive Health: An increased risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease has been linked to obesity, and obesity also raises the possibility of gallstone development. This is the gallbladder's bile congealing and solidifying inside the organ as stones, and surgery is necessary to remove the stones. Additionally, fat accumulation surrounding the liver can result in liver damage and even liver failure. Cholesterol issues also arise from bad digestive health, and if you are obese, take an HDL test to check your cholesterol levels to be safe.
  6. Fatty Liver Disease: Fat accumulation in the liver causes fatty liver disorders, which can result in cirrhosis, severe liver damage, or even liver failure. Among these illnesses are nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and the majority of these cases involve overweight or obese individuals. Reducing body weight by at least 5% will help reduce liver fat, so take an obesity test to understand how much weight you should lose.
  7. Affects Reproductive System: It may be more difficult for someone who is obese to become pregnant because obesity affects the reproductive organs and the hormone-creation process of the body. It is possible that weight gain and obesity can contribute to the development of PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome). On the other hand, PCOS can also contribute to weight gain and obesity. If you are experiencing major problems with conception, your doctor will ask you to take an obesity test and lose weight to manage the condition.
  8. Worsens Kidney Functions: Your kidneys are harmed and unable to properly filter your blood if you have renal disease, and the two most frequent causes of chronic kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes, both of which can be caused by obesity. Obesity may raise your chance of getting chronic kidney disease and hasten its progression even if you do not have diabetes or high blood pressure. It is also important to check you have HDL cholesterol normal values if you have kidney issues.
  9. Can Affect Mental Health: Obesity has been linked to several mental health issues, and obese individuals may be more prone to depressed feelings, and psychological issues. Concentrating on positive thinking, exercising, and practicing relaxation methods, can help address these problems by elevating mood and lowering stress, anxiety, and restlessness. Cholesterol problems caused by obesity may also affect mental health, so it is important that you do an obesity test and also check to ensure you have HDL cholesterol normal values.

Final Remarks

Almost all aspects of health are negatively impacted by obesity, and it raises the risk of a number of fatal and crippling conditions, such as diabetes, and heart disease. It causes these issues through a number of mechanisms, including hormonal changes and decreased metabolism. In addition to worsening the quality of life, obesity reduces life expectancy as well.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. What are the factors behind obesity?

    Answer:- Being overweight is a long-term condition, and even though bad lifestyle choices certainly play a part, it is now recognized that a complex interplay of genetics, metabolism, behavior, and socioeconomic factors is behind this condition.

  2. What health hazards are associated with obesity?

    Answer:- Numerous illnesses and ailments, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, and PCOS difficulties are all more likely to occur if you are obese.

  3. When do you consider someone obese?

    Answer:- A person's body mass index (BMI), which is a ratio of weight to height, is often used to identify whether or not they are overweight or obese. You are overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 30, and if your BMI is over 30 that indicates that you are obese.

  4. What’s the best obesity treatment?

    Answer:- Treatments for obesity involve dietary and nutritional adjustments along with lifestyle changes, and regular exercise, and in some cases, a doctor may consider bariatric surgery as a possibility.

  5. Can obesity be treated with medication?

    Answer:- Your doctor could recommend medication to help you lose weight if diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are insufficient because these medications naturally lessen your desire to eat or stop your body from accumulating fat from the food you consume.

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