Obesity Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors & Complications
What are Obesity and Weight loss?
The terms “overweight” and “obesity” refer to body weight that is greater than what is considered normal or healthy for a certain height. Obesity is a complex disorder involving an excessive amount of body fat. On the other hand, being overweight may be due to extra muscle, bone or water.
Obesity causes the risk of diseases and health problems, such as heart diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure. Obesity symptoms are found in children with weight above the normal for their age and height. In adults, men are more likely than women to be overweight. While women are more likely than men to have obesity symptoms.
Not every person carrying extra pounds find overweight or obesity symptoms. The Body-Mass Index (BMI) is one way to provide a guideline about weight, overweight or obesity.
- The BMI is a measure based on the person’s weight in relation to his/ her height.
- The greater the BMI, the greater the risk of health problems from overweight and obesity.
- When BMI is 30 or higher, it is a sign for obesity.
- BMI is calculated by dividing the person’s weight in kilograms (kg) by his/ her height in meters (m) squared.
Factors that affect children include
Factors that affect children will also affect adults, along with
Complications of Obesity
Social and emotional complications
Along with the above, complications in adults also include