obesity

Weight: The Impact is heavy...

There are more to health than meets the eye… The definition of obesity varies depending on what one reads, but in general, it is a chronic medical condition defined by an excess amount body fat. A certain amount of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, shock absorption, and other metabolic functions. The normal amount of body fat (expressed as percentage of body fat) is between 25%-30% in women and 18%-23% in men. Women that exceed 30% body fat and men over 35% body fat are considered obese.

The calculation of body mass index (BMI) has also been used in the definition of obesity. The body mass index (BMI) equals a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. Since BMI describes body weight relative to height, it is strongly correlated with total body fat content in adults. "Obesity" could therefore be defined as a BMI of >30 kg/m².

What are the health risks associated with overweight/obesity?

  • • Insulin Resistance: [The pre-diabetic condition (!)] In fact some scientists now believe that the atherosclerosis
  • (hardening of the arteries) associated with diabetes likely develops during the insulin resistance period…
  • • Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes.
  • • High blood pressure.
  • • High cholesterol.
  • • Stroke.
  • • Heart attack.
  • • Congestive heart failure.
  • • Cancer.
  • • Gallstones.
  • • Gout.
  • • Osteoarthritis.
  • • Sleep apnea.

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Unathi Msengana

After being Metro FM’s Health Advisor, Dr Stander is now Unathi’s personal Health Advisor and Life Coach.