A person is considered overweight if they have a BMI of 25-30 and if the BMI is >30 they are considered extremely overweight or obese (see BMI index table). There are many medical complications of obesity which cause serious health problems. These medical complications of obesity are a leading cause of preventable death.
The most serious of these medical conditions include:
- Heart Disease (Coronary Artery Disease)
- High Blood pressure
- Respiratory Disease and Asthma
- Elevated Cholesterol & Triglycerides
- Sleep Apnea
Obesity is also related to other conditions such as:
- Joint problems & Back Pain (osteoarthritis)
- Infertility & Menstrual Irregularities
- Reflux Esophagitis (Heart Burn)
- Gallbladder Disease
- Emotional problems (Depression, poor self-esteem & anxiety)
- Inactive & Anti-Social lifestyle
- Poor Hygiene
- Skin Infections and Ulcers
- Urinary Incontinence
- Poor Venous Circulation
- Low Energy
In addition, most overweight patients typically suffer the consequences and effects of lost time at work.
The good news is that many of these medical conditions can be reversed & controlled as a direct result of weight loss so patients can live a better quality life.