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Once I was Fat

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Uploaded on Jan 29, 2011

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Weight control has become a serious issue for many people throughout the world. People who are obese or overweight are more likely to develop diabetes , coronary artery disease heart disease, cardiovascular disease , and gallbladder disease, among other illnesses. People who are overweight also may suffer from emotional or psychological disorders e g , depression in a society that values being thin. Incidence and Prevalence of Obesity/Overweight. The signs of obesity and overweight are often visual. Recent studies have shown that excess weight in the midsection belly or abdomen increases the rate for health problems, such as heart disease /. Body mass index BMI is a reliable indicator of overweight/obesity in most people. BMI, which is calculated from a person's weight and height, may be used to help determine the risk for related health problems. For more information about calculating BMI , please go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC Department of Health and Human Services. Obesity and overweight can lead to a number of complications, including the following:. Cancer Increased risk for colon cancer, rectal cancer, prostate cancer, gallbladder cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer, and cervical cancer has been associated with obesity and overweight . Emotional issues In societies that place great value on a thin appearance, people who are obese or overweight often suffer from depression, discrimination, and rejection in social situations . Gallbladder disease Due to higher cholesterol levels in the gallbladder, obese and overweight people are more likely to develop gallstones . Gout and osteoarthritis Extra weight can put pressure on joints, particularly in the lower back, knees, and hips. Urinary and reproductive problems Women who are overweight may have an increased risk for urinary incontinence, irregular periods, and difficulties conceiving . Sleep apnea In some cases, people who are overweight can stop breathing for short periods of time while they are sleeping because their necks are larger and airways narrower . A diagnosis of obesity/overweight involves taking a medical history and performing a physical examination. To measure obesity and overweight and the corresponding health risks, doctors may use the body mass index BMI . If the doctor suspects that a medical condition may be causing a patient to gain too much weight, appropriate laboratory tests e g , blood tests are conducted and treatment is planned accordingly. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention CDC DefineOverweight and Obesity: "Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems ". Weight management,weight loss, and the increase in overweight and obesityarea primary health concernsforadults, children, and youth in the United States. Overweight individuals suffer more health problems than those whomaintain normal weight. The rise in obesity rates is a cause of great concern because of the many adverse health conditions and chronic diseasesit contributes to These conditions include:. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , heart disease,cancer, stroke, and diabetesare the most prevalent, costly and avoidable of all health problems. There are many reasons that contribute to the increase inoverweight and obesity in the United States which make it a difficult subject to address. Healthy Weight Loss - Obesity/Overweight - Health Info Channel. Obesity, overweight information about treatment, weight loss, diet, and exercise. Healthy Weight Loss Obesity/Overweight Treatment.

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