Obesity is a medical condition where excess body fat has become detrimental to a person’s health. In particular, obesity can lead to serious health complications like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and sleep apnoea, amongst other things. Obesity is typically caused by an excess in food consumption, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility.
Excess weight can cause many health problems, and when someone is obese, it’s much more likely that they’ll develop serious medical conditions like diabetes.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is not always 100% accurate, but it’s a useful guide to check if you are carrying too much weight.
To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in kilograms by your height in metres; then divide the answer again by your height:
- a BMI of 25 to 29.9 means you are considered overweight
- a BMI of 30 to 39.9 means you are considered obese
- a BMI of 40 or above means you are considered severely obese
Another guide is your waist measurement:
- Men with a waist circumference of 94 cm or more and
- Women with a waist circumference of 80cm or more are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems.
In particular, “central obesity” – when you carry excess weight around your abdomen and liver – is a major risk factor.
In any case, if you are overweight – even if you just need to lose a few pounds – we’re here to help. And by doing so, you’ll not only reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, but also protect yourself against a range of serious and sometimes life threatening conditions, including:
- coronary heart disease
- high blood pressure
- obstructive sleep apnoea
- some types of cancer, such breast, prostate and bowel cancer
- physical challenges
- psychological problems including stress, anxiety and depression