Obesity is the state of being grossly overweight. Many diseases such as type 2 diabetes are associated with obesity and cause damage to a number of organs over the long term. Regular exercise and a healthy diet promote weight loss.
- Overweight: BMI >25
- Weight circumference is too big
- Women >88 cm
- Men >102 cm
The BMI (body mass index) is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in metres squared.
Causes and treatment
- Excessive calorie intake (primarily because of unhealthy eating and drinking habits)
- Lack of exercise
- Inhibited sense of satiety (not feeling full)
Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital
- Measurement of weight, height, waist circumference and body fat
- Blood test (e.g. measurement of blood sugar)
- Ultrasound (primarily of liver)
- Blood pressure measurement
- Nutritional advice
- Operation (e.g. stomach reduction)
- Treatment of complications (e.g. medication for high blood pressure)
What can I do myself?
- Regular exercise
- Healthy diet (plenty of vegetables, salad and fruit)
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When to see a doctor?
- For help and support in losing weight
- BMI of 30 or more
- Before taking up sport if you’re obese
- Overweight children
obesity, excess weight, overweight