Weight problems are a broad health issue, and one of the most common causes of other health problems, including diabetes and heart conditions.
Being obese and being overweight are two conditions defined by Body Mass Index (BMI). The body mass index compares weight to height and individuals who have a certain ratio are defined as overweight.
If someone has a very high weight level in comparison to their height, and has excessive body fat, they are defined as obese.
Being overweight occurs when too much energy has been stored as fat. This happens when calories are consumed but not burned off through exercise.
Genes also play a part, as some individuals have a slower metabolic rate than others, and their bodies tend to burn fewer calories; therefore storing more as fat.
Causes of obesity can be placed into these three broad groups:
A diet with large amounts of fatty foods.
Excessive sugar consumption.
Fast foods (fried) tend to be high in fat.
Lack of exercise
Too much time occupied by watching television or playing computer games.
Insufficient time playing physical sports or exercising.
Lifestyle choices (walk to nearby destinations instead of driving).
Genetic factors such as a low metabolic rate can contribute to obesity.
Obesity can lead to numerous health problems, including high cholesterol, liver disease, high blood pressure and Type II diabetes.
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This information was provided for general use only. Please seek medical advice from a GP or health professional before considering undertaking any diet.