What Is Meant By Obesity?


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chris e Profile
chris e answered
Obesity is generally defined by a person being very overweight to the point of causing serious problems for health. This can be caused by overeating and the over-buildup of fatty tissue, with the food energy consumed as calories not burned away. It may also be caused by a high glycemic diet, a genetic disorder, medications and many other factors. Additionally, binge or compulsive eating is a major factor behind obesity, and can be linked to mental stress and disease. An obese person suffers from an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infertility and cancer. While there is no lasting cure for obesity as such, it can be treated using specialized diets, and increased exercise, although in some cases, a very slow metabolism will create problems in trying to lose weight. Other alternatives include pharmacotherapy to restrict appetite, or surgery to reduce the size of the stomach, as well as liposuction to remove fat. Although obesity has not universally been a cause of suffering, it is commonly associated with laziness and unattractiveness in the West, as well as being endemic of a fast food culture and lack of proper exercise.
Rajesh Shri Profile
Rajesh Shri answered
Obesity in scientific terms is a condition when the percentage of fat in the body is higher as compared to muscle taking in to consideration one's height, gender and age; the BMI (Body Mass Index) of an obese person is above 30 while that of an overweight but not obese person is between 25 and 29.5; the BMI of a person is calculated by dividing one's weight (in kg) by one's height (in meters).

If one weighs more than 20% of the ideal body weight prescribed for one's height then one can be potentially obese though there are several other determining factors. Each person is a unique individual and the ideal weight for each person is different taking in to consideration one's activity level, the climate and race among others.

Also a better indicator of whether one is obese or overweight is in relation to one's feeling of well being based on one's medical history and if a person has been overweight or underweight since childhood but has not had any health problems then one should not be overly perturbed regarding one' weight.

Some athletes for example could be considered as overweight if the general overweight and obesity rules are applied to them but their weight is more muscle based and hence is considered to be healthy. A lifestyle comprising of a balanced diet, moderate activity and relaxation techniques is one that contributes to overall good health which is reflected in one's weight.
Hassan Raza Profile
Hassan Raza answered
Obesity, or excessive stoutness, is an undue development of fat throughout the body. That it is hereditary, that it runs in families, there is no question whatsoever. And, while with great care as to the diet and by proper exercise, obesity may, as a rule, be avoided in those predisposed, it none the less often will develop in spite of all measures taken against it. Some very obese people eat only one-half or less of what many thin people do; but in the former, everything seems to run to fat.

Obesity must be considered a dysgenic factor. The obese are subject to heart disease, asthma, apoplexy, gallstones, gout, diabetes, constipation; they withstand pneumonia and acute infectious diseases poorly, and they are bad risks when they have to undergo major surgical operations. They also, as a rule, are readily fatigued by physical and mental work. (As to the latter, there are remarkable exceptions. Some very obese people can turn out a great amount of work, and are almost indefatigable in their constant activity.) Each case should be considered individually, and with reference to the respective family history. If the obese person comes from a healthy, long lived family and shows no circulatory disturbances, no strong objections can be raised to him or to her. But, as a general proposition, it must be laid down that obesity is a dysgenic factor.
Bill Burns Profile
Bill Burns answered
Obesity is when has too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight or weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water. Obesity is when a person's weight is higher than the healthy amount.
Roger Macario Profile
Roger Macario answered

Obesity is a condition where a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health.People are generally considered obese when their Body Mass Index is 30.Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food intake, lack of physical activity.


Jordan Mark Profile
Jordan Mark answered

Obesity is controversial as a risk factor.

The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.

Obesity Having a high amount of body fat. A person is considered obese if he or she has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater.

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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Obesity is a medical condition, some times you can't fix it because they might have another medical condition that effects it but some people are luky and they can.

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