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.

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.
Obesity and overweight BMI guidelines

Obesity Causes

The principal obesity causes are:

Risk Factors

Obesity usually results from a combination of causes and contributing factors.
9 obesity risk factors

Factors that affect children include

Factors that affect children will also affect adults, along with

Complications of Obesity

Obesity can bring in complications for both children and adult’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

Physical complications

In children,
Inclusive of the above, complications in adults also include

Social and emotional complications

An obese person may not be able to carry out things he/she at one time used to. A few weight-related issues may disturb his/ her quality of life. In children, complications are

Along with the above, complications in adults also include

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