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Weight Loss Treatments

Obesity is now the most common nutritional disorder in western industrialised countries. This epidemic has given rise to a large market for the sale of weight loss treatments.

The first thing to understand is the difference between being overweight and being obese. Obesity specifically refers to an excess amount of body fat - which can lead to the development of serious health issues. It is defined as a body mass index of greater than 30.

If you are clinically obesity, losing weight is a serious medical issue and should be treated as such.

By keeping your weight in the healthy range, you are less likely to be troubled by illnesses in your later years.

Obesity issues at a glance

  • The universally accepted method for determining obesity is calculating a persons' Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI is equal to your weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 indicates a person is overweight, and a person with a BMI of greater than 30 is considered obese, and in need of assistance. Click Here to check your Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • Gaining weight rapidly increases the risk of health problems such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, due to that extra weight. In particular, women increase their risk of heart attack and double their risk of dying from cancer.
  • There is one prescription drug Xenical , which is approved for losing weight.
  • The method of treatment depends on your level of obesity, overall health condition, and motivation to lose weight. Weight loss treatment may include a combination of diet, exercise, behaviour modification, and sometimes prescription medication. In some cases of severe obesity, gastrointestinal surgery may be recommended.