Prevalence of Obesity
Obesity is a very common condition among adults in America, with an estimated 1 in 3 people over the age of 18 being labeled as 'obese.' Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese. This is because obesity is the indirect cause of heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, just to name a few.
What Causes Obesity?
Medical experts are still working on fully understanding obesity, but the fundamental cause is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Globally, there has been:
an increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat; and
a decrease increase in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many jobs, improved transportation, etc..
In other words, people now have jobs where that sit at a desk most of the day rather than work on their feet, and people can just get into their cars rather than have to walk to the store.
World Health Organization Facts on Obesity
Treatment of Obesity
The best was to lose weight is through healthy eating and exercise. However, you body may reach a point that you are no longer able to exercise secondary to joint issues/etc. from being overweight. In addition, repeated dieting does not see to be working. If this sounds familiar, then it may be time to consider weight loss surgery.