Posts for: June, 2020
More than one-third of U.S. adults struggle with obesity. Not only is this condition a problem in itself, but it can also lead to other conditions including Type-2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Fortunately, Dr. Otha Myles of Myles Healthcare in St. Louis, MO, helps patients of all ages maintain a healthy weight.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is diagnosed when a person’s body weight is 20 percent higher than normal weight. (Delete this sentence) Body Mass Index or BMI is used to measure obesity. A person is diagnosed as overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 30. A person is diagnosed as obese if their BMI is over 30.
What Causes Obesity?
Obesity is caused when you consume a greater number of calories than you burn off. This is usually due to over-eating and insufficient exercise, although there are other factors involved. These may include:
Age: As you age, your metabolic rate decreases, so you don’t need to consume as many calories to maintain your weight. This is the reason why people who eat and exercise in the same way at 40 years old as they did at 20 years old notice that they are gaining weight.
Gender: Women have a greater tendency to be overweight than men do. This is because, in general, men are able to burn off more energy while they are simply resting. Also, as women go through menopause, their rate of metabolism decreases.
Genetics: Obesity tends to run in families. If one of your biological parents is heavy as an adult, there is approximately a 75% chance that you will be heavy.
Physical activity: People who lead less active, more sedentary lifestyles tend to gain more weight than those who lead active lifestyles. Physical activity can benefit people suffering from obesity because exercise helps to reduce appetite and increases their metabolic rate.
Medication: Certain medications may cause excessive weight gain over time.
The Benefits of Weight Loss
If you’re obese or overweight, reducing your weight can have the following benefits:
- Reducing your risk of major diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes
- Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Decreasing joint pain
- Improving your level of mobility
If you live in St. Louis and you suffer from obesity or you want to learn more about how weight loss can help you, contact Dr. Myles today at (314) 833-4001 to schedule an appointment.