Obesity is defined as a medical condition where the body builds up excess body fat to the extent at which causes severe health risks and possibly leading to reduced life expectancy as well. So what is morbid obesity? It is having a body weight more than 50-100% than required or 100 pounds above the ideal body weight. The easiest way to diagnose is to use a BMI value in proportion to your height.
Metabolic and eating disorders, calorie intake, environmental, genetic and hereditary are predicted to be the most probably culprits of morbid obesity although no one has ever determined a proper reason thus far. Hereditary factors do indeed play a essential role in the trend to be morbidly obese in that obesity is often viewed to run in families however, a family may share a similar modus vivendi and diet which can sum to the reason of morbid obesity. Illnesses such as Cushing’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, depression and other neurological problems can also lead to morbid obesity as well as the use of certain antidepressants and steroids.
Obesity can cause problems in anyone whether it is men, women, teenagers or children. It makes physical activity more difficult and increases the risk of developing severe health risks or worsening the health conditions. It can affect anyone from any age group making it difficult for the person to involve in physical activity which eventually becomes a health hazard. To name a few health conditions that can be affected by morbid obesity are coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, gout, diabetes, gallbladder disease, respiratory problems, cancer, and reproductive and fertility problems. There is gender and age related differences in the various health problems that one might suffer from however the basic problem all morbid obese people suffer from is the means to safely control their ideal body weight.
Did you know that morbid obesity in the US is the second largest cause of death affecting over 9 million adults? Well the figures can be understood because not only does it brings forth physical challenges, it brings about psychological and emotional pain as well.
While healthy diet and regular exercise are the most common types of remedies available for obesity, if you feel that things are getting out of hand, it is best to consult a physician to determine if you are marching towards a morbid obese episode.