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Obesity, harmful impacts and control measures

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Obesity has become associated with a range of health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. It can also lead to increased mortality rates. This study used data from 44,000 men followed for almost 20 years. Body weight was assessed at three points in time during the study period. The researchers found that overall, it did not make much difference whether the person was obese or not; once fat people reached a certain point in their weight gain, their health problems started to skyrocket. However, even when they were just overweight, people's health still deteriorated once they reached about 280 pounds for men and 250 pounds for women. This may be because there is no significant difference between being just overweight or obese when it comes to these health risks.

Diseases caused by obesity can be prevented or delayed by keeping weight under control (Adami et al. 196). Overweight people tend to die younger than leaner people, but it is not clear if this is due to the obesity itself, the effect of other causes on mortality, or because obese patients choose to seek medical treatment later than thinner people (Lande 197). Obese individuals are also more likely to develop hypertension (Lissner et al. 191). They are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease that non-obese individuals are, but are less likely to have complications from that disease. The risk of death from cancer is increased in relation to the degree of obesity which ranges between 50% and 400% greater risk in males compared with normal weight males.

Reason for gain weight

Study found that the incidence of all-cause mortality was not significantly different in obese and non obese groups.

A look at the relationship between mortality and weight indicates that there is a very strong tendency for obese men to die sooner than non obese men. If this finding is confirmed, it implies that extreme obesity may be an independent risk factor for earlier death. The numb of deaths attributable to obesity ranges from 11% up to 18% (Lissner et al. 183).  Obesity and overweight are correlates of poor health; they increase the risk of several diseases and their treatment is costly (Lissner et al. 183).

Obesity and the use of health services

The incidence of heart disease and stroke is higher among blacks than whites, but obesity does not appear to be a factor. In fact, black Americans tend to have lower rates of obesity. However, the difference in the occurrence of these diseases between blacks and whites is not as great as one might expect from the difference in their weight. The reasons for this difference are not clear. The research suggests that there may be genetic factors involved (Kannel et al. 185).  A study of approximately 1500 people found that those with a BMI over 30 kg/m2 used medical services about 2 times as much as those whose BMI was lower (Lissner et al. 183).

Obesity is a source of numerous diseases and can cause problems with shortening your life. If you are considering to loose weight, many have choices to slim down or lose weight by exercise. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gallstones, osteoarthritis and some types of cancer.

Obesity has been rising in the United States since the mid-1970s. Between 1977 and 1994, the proportion of U.S. adults who are obese increased by 26%, from 18% to 26%. The prevalence rate of obesity in children has also increased during this same period (CDC 1999). Obesity is now responsible for millions of premature deaths worldwide. Obesity now affects 30% or more of all children in many countries including the U.S.

How to control Obesity

Loss of appetite, weight loss, severe psychological stress, severe physical disease.

·  Weight Loss through Dieting

Other ways to control obesity are dieting. Weight loss by dieting is important in weight-control programs for people who are obese or overweight. A diet is a set of food choices that are planned with the goal of losing weight. A balanced weight-loss program includes nutrition education and appropriate physical activity to achieve energy balance.

Guanfacine is a newly approved medication that can be used as an adjunct to behavioral counseling in obesity treatment programs. It can be used when combined with behavior therapy in treating obesity. This medication is a non-stimulant sympatholytic, which means that it affects the sympathetic nervous system and also blocks norepinephrine. It can be used to help reduce cravings for food and prevent binge eating, feeling anxious about eating and gaining weight, and causing severe psychological stress.

The drug acts by affecting norepinephrine transmission in the brain. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate the body's heart rate and blood pressure, as well as moods like anxiety. It is also an important ingredient in the fight-or-flight response that also reduces appetite, and it helps the body deal with stress.

·  Drug Treatment

Other way to control obesity is by use of drugs. Adipex-P (phentermine) and Meridia (sibutramine), for example, are potent appetite suppressants with strong safety records. These drugs may be prescribed for short-term use to treat obesity.

· Weight loss by diets

Walk a mile daily to control your weight. If you are over weight, then you should control your diet, prescribed by a nutritionist along regular exercises.

Closing thoughts:

Obesity is a source of numerous diseases. It is very important to keep an eye on your calories intake and work hours. By controlling your weight gain, you will not only be healthy but also fit to tackle any challenge. Obesity people always feel embarrass in gatherings, so they cut themselves from outside world. They become less friendly, frustrated and


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