In this video Dr. Ramy Awad examines the dangers of obesity and why it is so detrimental. First of all obesity is a condition where there is an excess amount of body fat. Body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, and shock absorption. The normal amount of body fat Is between 25%-30% in women, and 18%-23% in men. Obesity nowadays is pretty common, one out of three Americans is obese.
The dangers of obesity are very real because they can lead to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. A person taking in more calories than he/she can burn off causes obesity. Exercise is important because it can burn off those calories that you gain and that will help balance your weight. Genetics plays a role in obesity because it is hereditary; if both your parents are obese than you have a higher chance of being obese than someone who has parents who are lean. Overeating can also lead to weigh gain because foods high in fat or sugar have high energy density. Physical inactivity plays a big role in obesity because people have the ability to lose fat by exercising. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that physical inactivity strongly correlated with weight gain.
Luckily obesity can be worked on by going on diets and exercising. Weight loss is possible but it is also possible to regain weight. More than 95% of the people who lose weight regain it within five years and that is why there must be another way to treat obesity. Exercising and dieting are two short-term solutions. Weight loss can result to lower blood pressure, reduced blood levels of cholesterol, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, decreased chance of stroke, and decrease complications of heart disease. Obesity can cause many health issues for people but if it is taken care of quickly, they will have live a much healthier life.