According to the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), the term "morbid obesity" is defined as being 50-100 percent above one's ideal body weight, or 100 pounds above one's ideal body weight.
A person with a BMI (body mass index) value of 40 or greater would also be considered “morbidly obese”. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered "obese."
Obesity is a chronic disease that manifests as a steady, slow, progressive increase in body weight. Because of both emotional and physical reasons, obese people resist pursuing healthcare and may be more difficult to treat.
Relationship to other diseases
Obesity is shown to be associated with Type II diabetes. In addition, morbid obesity is well known to be associated with such conditions as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, depression, gallbladder disease, and cancer.
Furthermore, obesity statistics show that people who have morbid obesity have higher death rates.
Statistics show that obesity is caused by a number of factors. There is a genetic predisposition to gaining weight. There is also a high correspondence to a poor diet and too little exercise causing obesity.
Other side effects
Obesity statistics also show a correlation between morbid obesity and depression, partly from chemical changes in the body, but also because of lower self-esteem. Furthermore, obesity statistics have proven that people with obesity tend to have lower paying jobs and get passed over for promotions more frequently.
What Can You do about Your Obesity?
When a person is classified as obese, deciding how to treat this condition requires a serious approach. Each treatment differs from person to person, as there is no one treatment for obesity. It is important to first talk with us about your weight. Then, we can give you options according to your health and lifestyle. It is important to work with us in this journey.
There are several methods available to address obesity. However, it is important to note that treating morbid obesity often takes a more aggressive approach, which may include bariatric surgery.
Behavior Modification and Physical Activity Behavior plays a large role in obesity. Modifying those behaviors that may have contributed to developing obesity is one way to treat the disease. A few suggested behavior modifiers include:
Changing eating habits
Increasing physical activity
Becoming educated about the body and how to nourish it appropriately
Engaging in a support group or extracurricular activity
Setting realistic weight management goals
It is important to make a solid commitment to changing a behavior or lifestyle. Involve your family and/or friends and ask them to help you make the necessary changes to positively impact your health.
Increasing or initiating a physical activity program is an important aspect in managing obesity. Today’s society has developed a very sedentary lifestyle and routine physical activity can greatly impact your health.
You should consult with Dr. Major at the Major Medical Clinic before initiating any exercise program. Set realistic goals and make sure they are measurable.