Obesity Explained

Obesity is not simply being ‘a bit overweight’ or even ‘fat’,  it is a disease state that affects 62.8% of Australian adults, causing or aggravating serious health conditions, compromising wellbeing & ultimately reducing the quality of life and even life expectancy.  Did you know that ‘morbid obesity’ (having a BMI 40+) can be as bad for you as smoking? Obesity can lead to a range of serious health issues & a compromised life expectancy. 

Being obese can contribute to a range of life-threatening illnessincluding:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Respiratory problems
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislipidaemia
  • Some types of cancers

The negative outcomes of overweight & obesity can be largely prevented by losing excess weight & undertaking healthy lifestyle measures.  These measures should involve developing & maintaining healthy eating patterns & including regular physical activity into everyday life.

A healthy person aims to:

  • Live a healthy lifestyle through diet & physical activity
  • Prevent further weight gain  
  • Lower high blood cholesterol, blood pressure & blood sugar levels
  • Reduce the risk of health & long-term complications associated with obesity
  • Prevent further increases in the prevalence of overweight, obesity & obesity-related diseases 
  • Improve the quality & quantity of life

Dr Reza Adib & his team can help you start the journey towards better health.

References
www.aso.org.uk – The Association for the Study of Obesity
World Health Organization. Obesity: Preventing and Managing the Global Epidemic. Report of a WHO Consultation: WHO Technical Report Series 894. Geneva: WHO, 2000.World Health Organization (WHO), International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), International Obesity Task Force (IOTF). The Asia-Pacific Perspective: Redefining Obesity and its Treatment. Sydney: Health Communications Australia Pty Ltd, 2000.
World Health Organization (WHO), International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), International Obesity Task Force (IOTF). The Asia-Pacific Perspective: Redefining Obesity and its Treatment. Sydney: Health Communications Australia Pty Ltd, 2000.
www.phaa.net.au – Public Health Association of Australia.
www.heartfoundation.com.au – National Heart Foundation of Australia
Australian Society for the Study of Obesity, Obesity in Australian Adults: Causes, Prevention and Management, available at http://www.asso.org.au/freestyler/gui/files//factsheet_adult_causes_prev_mment.pdf, last accessed 09/01/2011

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