OBESITY AND WEIGHT PROBLEMS IN THE COMMUNITY
Obesity is a condition resulting from excessive storage of fat in the body. Obesity has been defined as a weight more than 20% height, and weight tables, or by a complex formula known as the Body Mass Index (BMI).
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement based on the height and weight of a person. The higher the BMI, the more obese you are. BMI values apply to both men and women, regardless of their frame size or muscle mass, except: -
Pregnant women or lactating mothers
Individuals below 16 years
Frail or sedentary elderly people
Professional body builders.
HEALTH AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE OBESITY CONDITION IN THE COMMUNITY
Obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. The human body, with its 30 billion to 40 billion fat cells, can support some extra fat. Fat is important for strong energy and insulating the body, among other functions. But after a certain point / body fat can begin to interfere with your health. Obesity can even be life-threatening.
Being over-weight puts you a greater risk of developing such serious health risks as non-insulin dependent diabetes, hypertension, stroke and coronary artery disease, and has been associated with an increased incidence of certain cancers, notably cancers of the colon, rectum, prostate, breast, uterus and cervix, and even osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and abnormal blood fats.
Avoid excessive intake of high calories foods.
Avoidance of excess intake of fat which can make your body resistant to insulin.
Early detection and treatment of conditions associated with obesity like High Blood Pressure, diabetes, cancer, stroke etc.
Regular medical and weighing check-up.
Health education to the families and communities on: -
Mild consumption of food that is required for producing enough daily
Prompt weighing check-up
Early detection and treatment of the condition associated with obesity and weight problem. Like High Blood Pressure, stroke, cancer, diabetes etc.
Health education on dietary intake of calories.
Godswill Clement [Nigeria]