Obesity, according to World Health Organisation (WHO), is an “abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.” It increases one’s vulnerability to diseases and health problems like asthma, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, increased sweating, snoring, diabetes, joint problems, cancer, and so on.
Obesity can be caused by many factors including overeating, high consumption of energy and fatty food with little or no exercise to burn them off. A person can be said to be obese when the Body Mass Index (BMI, a measure which takes into account a person’s weight and height to gauge total body fat in adults) is 30 or higher.
Obesity, however, is a treatable disease. You should talk to your healthcare provider before starting a weight management programme. Some of the ways you can treat obesity include: eating balanced diet, taking up activities such as walking, swimming, and so on. Avoid overeating and food high in calories but don’t starve yourself. Let your diet be balanced and moderate and give a lot of attention to fruits and vegetables.