Obesity is defined as a condition that characterizes itself with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or higher. Obesity is considered to be a real existing epidemic in the United States, as it has been estimated that it affects 93.3 million American adults and approximately 13.7 American children. As for worldwide, there have been 650 million cases of obesity according to the latest statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016.
There is a variety of factors included in the development of obesity. The most common risk factors are:
- A poor diet;
- A sedentary lifestyle;
- Sleep deprivation;
- Older age;
- Pregnancy, etc.
Certain health conditions, such as
polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), osteoarthritis, and hypothyroidism have been
reported to cause obesity.
Obesity leads to a wide specter of health issues, most of them being potentially life-threatening if left untreated. The long list of potential health risks due to obesity includes:
- Heart disease;
- Heart attack;
- High blood pressure;
- High cholesterol levels;
- High blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes;
- Sleep apnea;
- Fatty liver disease;
- Arthritis, etc.
If obesity is caused by an underlying health issue, the treatment plan focuses on treating the cause. If there is no health issue that is causing your obesity, lifestyle, and behavior changes are usually the treatment at hand. If weight loss is not induced through a healthy diet and regular exercise, medical help is available.
Weight Loss and Management
Dr Achira has a special interest in managing Obesity, he has been very successful in helping over weight and obese patients with weight loss.
If you would like to lose weight click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Achira or Call Achira Endocrinology at 313-600-4669 for an appointment to learn more about how Dr. Achira Can help you. Click here to Contact us. You can also schedule an appointment on Healow by clicking here.