Obesity, weight loss and society

Being overweight = a big problem

Almost everywhere you might travel in the world, obesity and being overweight is a huge problem. In the western world, not only does being overweight involve many people to feel unhappy with the way that they look, but it also provides many health issues that put a huge drain on health services. Particularly, in the UK the National Health Service (NHS) has released figures that obesity levels have almost trebled in the last 30 years. The UK has the highest levels of obesity of any country in Europe and it is reported that 24% of the UK population are considered to be obese. Scarily, it is also said that being overweight contributes to 1 out of 13 deaths across the country. It is also well know that obesity contributes to a plethora of other health complaints such as diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, bowel cancer and strokes.

How much does this cost the country?

Taking all of this into consideration, it is unsurprising that the high levels of obesity across the country are putting a huge financial strain on health services. Conditions, such as diabetes, that can develop from being overweight introduce medical costs that will often last the remainder of a person’s lifetime. It is understandable that the government is very keen to get the population healthier and fitter and reducing weight is a good start.

What is obesity?

Technically, being obese is measured by the BMI of a person. BMI stands for Body Mass Index and it is a ratio that is calculated by measuring an individual’s height and weight. This ratio is usually a number between 15-50.

For healthy adults, a BMI of…

18-24 is considered healthy

25-30 is considered overweight

30-40 is considered obese

And 40+ is considered severely obese.

Motivation to lose weight

Not only is being obese or even overweight considered irresponsible from society’s perspective but, of course, it puts a huge health strain on the individual. Health complaints can vary between those listed above but interestingly, being overweight may also contribute towards poor mental health too.

It seems that there are many motivating factors to encourage people to reduce their weight. Many will be asking, ‘what is the best way to do it?’

With a little bit of help – procedures that can help you lose weight

There are many services that can offer an extra helping hand when it comes to weight loss. Techniques such as gastric bands and liposuction can be invasive but sometimes life saving procedures. Many of these methods can be offered on the NHS in some cases but some people might choose to go private for a more personalised experienced.

Those who do not feel comfortable with such an invasive treatment might opt for something a little more gentle such as ‘fat freezing’. Advice on such procedures can be found from visiting one of your local LA Lipo Clinics.

The natural way to weight loss

Many health experts would advise that before starting any artificial weight loss program, an individual should attempt to reduce their weight in a more natural way first. The most effective of these includes increasing the amount of physical exercise and reducing the amount of food and drink consumed. In all cases, it is strongly recommended to visit your local GP before making any drastic lifestyle choice.

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