The global obesity epidemic and its impact on health must be brought to everyone's attention today. Millions of people worldwide are obese, and obesity has become a significant public health concern.
Some of the standard classification methods to accurately categorize obesity are:
The classification of obesity may vary depending on the measure used and the population studied.
In addition to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and certain types of cancer, being overweight or obese can increase the risk of other chronic diseases as well. Therefore, a balanced diet and regular exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy weight.
World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1975, with over 650 million adults and 124 million children and adolescents considered obese. In the UAE, according to the National Health Survey conducted in 2019 by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity in the UAE was 33.7% among adults, with a higher prevalence among women (41.7%) than men (24.1%).
THE MAIN REASON FOR OBESITY is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and expended. This can be due to various factors such as genetics, dietary habits, physical inactivity, environmental factors, and certain medical conditions.
Obesity is best tackled with a multi-pronged approach that includes healthy eating habits, physical activity, behavioral changes, and medical intervention if necessary.
For managing and preventing obesity, here are some expert advice:
It's important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to obesity, and consulting with a healthcare professional or a dietitian is highly recommended.
CHANGING DIETS AND LIFESTYLES IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO REDUCE OBESITY.
The effects of a healthy diet and lifestyle changes on weight loss, body fat reduction, and overall health are well documented. The following are some examples of published studies demonstrating the benefits of diet and lifestyle modifications for reducing obesity:
Obesity also has a significant economic impact. The cost of treating obesity-related health problems is estimated to be over $2 trillion annually, accounting for 2.8% of global GDP.
Moreover, obesity adversely affects productivity and quality of life. Obese individuals are more likely to have absenteeism and presenteeism, leading to lower productivity and reduced quality of life. It is essential to prioritize preventing and managing obesity to reduce its impact on health and the economy. We can improve health outcomes globally by reducing obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol and improving health outcomes by working together.
At PRIME Health, we offer a discount on diet consultations this month!
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PRIME Health has initiated a NO OBESITY CLINIC at PRIME Medical Center Al Warqa, were patients can do an initial visit and the diagnosis of obesity. The physician will decide between Non-Surgical (Weight loss medication and continuous follow-up with the nutritionist) and Surgical (Laparoscopic Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass & Intragastric Balloon) treatments.