Obesity is now a worldwide problem as we continue to modernize our lifestyles: riding instead of walking, playing sports game using the PlayStation instead of actual sports in the field. There are so many overweight and obese people that even some governments now call it an epidemic, particularly because of the many resulting health problems.
Health risks links to obesity:
- High blood pressure
- Gallbladder disease and gallstones
- Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea and asthma
- Some cancers
Please note that not everyone who is obese has these problems. If you have a family history of one of those conditions, the risk is higher.
MANAGEMENT OF OBESITY
There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. It’s a complex problem and there has to be a multifaceted approach. However, you may start by setting your goals on to manage your weight problem. One of the important parts of any obesity treatment program is goal setting. While you may want to lose weight for societal or fashion reasons, it may be more important to consider the effects on your health.
First, check your Body Mass Index (BMI). You can use PASOO (Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity) BMI Calculator. http://obesity.org.ph/know-your-bmi/
Second, you need to see your doctor so he/she can check your BMI to determine your level of obesity–– this also helps determine your overall health risk and what treatment may be appropriate. Then, you can start working on you weight-loss programs prescribed by your doctor.
A behavior modification program can help you make lifestyle changes and lose weight and keep it off. Steps to take include examining your current habits to find out what factors, stresses or situations may have contributed to your obesity.
Everyone is different and has different obstacles to managing weight, such as a lack of time to exercise or late-night eating. Tailor your behavior changes to address your individual concerns.
Read more: Obesity: Diagnosis & Treatment
Get the blood sugar stable
The symptoms and signs common for blood sugar changes are: difficult to lose weight; sweets craving; feeling better after eating food; irritable if missing a meal; feeling a bit spacey and disconnected; elevated blood sugar; get anxious for no apparent reason; waking up often during the night; feel hungry all of the time; often get sleepy in the afternoon.
Blood sugar instability is a major factor for the increased appetite and frequent food cravings so typical of individuals who are struggling with their weight.
Low carb and no carb diets can produce quick and dramatic results, but they most often lead to rebound weight gain. Rapid and deep drops in blood sugar are particularly associated with very strong and in some case irresistible urge to eat.
Exercise and activity
You have to burn more calories than you eat and drink to lose weight. For weight loss, it really matters that you cut back on the calories that you eat and drink. That matters most for taking the pounds off, according to the CDC.
Exercise pays off in the long run by keeping those pounds off. Research shows that regular physical activity will increase your chances of maintaining weight loss.
Read more: Exercise and Weight Loss