Overweight is the amount of body weight including muscles, bone, fat, and water that are in excess. Obesity is the excess of accumulated body fat. It is possible to be overweight based on factors of muscle, such as the case of body builders, which have muscle that weighs three times the amount as fat. Most people that are overweight are also considered obese.One in three adults age 20-74 is overweight. This equals 58 million Americans based on the studies from 1980 to 1991, with the numbers growing every day. Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, breathing problems, and arthritis.Tip: Try to become a coffee drinker if you want to lose some weight. Coffee is essential if you want to maintain your vigor while you are dieting.Women with more than 25% body fat and men with 30% of body fat are considered obese. It is hard to really measure body fat based on the fact muscle weighs more than fat and the calculations used to measure body mass index (BMI) does not take into consideration the factor of the amounts of muscle on the person’s body. The most accepted method of calculating body fat is the underwater method, which is limited to laboratories with special equipment and not as widely used.There are two simpler methods for measuring the body fat. One is the skinfold thickness measurement. This test measures the thickness of the skin on different areas such as the triceps. The measurements vary based on the skill of the person taking the measurements. The other test is bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA). BIA sends a small amount of electrical current through the body to estimate the total body water levels. The higher amounts of water levels indicate the amounts of muscle matter. Yet this procedure may not be accurate for people that are severely obese.Tip: To lose weight, keep a… Read more
The definition of obesity is having an excessive amount of body fat. It is not only a cosmetic issue it is a major health issue leading to health risks such as heart attracts, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Doctor use a formula called “body mass index” or BMI to calculate the levels of body fat. Adults with BMI’s over 30 are considered obese. Extreme obesity, which is sometimes called severe or morbid obesity, is when the BMI levels are 40 or higher. With morbid obesity, people are more likely to have serious health issues.
In America, one in three people are considered obese. The seriousness of this causes many to start a weight loss program to avoid the hazards of the excessive weight.
The symptoms associated with obesity are difficulty sleeping, snoring, sleep apnea, pain in the joints and back, excessive sweating, always feeling hot, rashes or infections in the folds of the skin, feeling out of breath with minor activity, daytime sleepiness or fatigue and depression. If you have any of these signs or symptoms, seek medical attention. Your doctor can counsel you how to decrease you risks related to the obesity. Through dietary changes and increased activity, you will be able to reduce the symptoms and health risks. In some cases, medication is prescribed as well as weight loss surgery can be performed.
The causes of obesity is directly related to the over consumption of calories compared to the amount of calorie burned with physical activity. There are genetic and hormonal influences with some people that are obese. The main causes for obesity are inactivity in the daily life. The inability to burn the excess fat consumed, leads to the body storing the fat instead of ridding the body of it. Watching television is one the leading causes to obesity.
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Mothers And Daughters – The Reason For Their Resemblance On BMI Charts
By Andrew Wilson
Do mothers and their daughters really resemble each other with their BMI results? While mothers and daughters might take on similar eating habits and this can contribute to a similar BMI, is that they only reason? Before we delve into this any further, let’s first take a look at what BMI is.
BMI, which is short for Body mass Index, is basically a measurement of a person’s weight in relation to their height. BMI is worked out by taking a person’s weight, in kilograms, and dividing it by their height, in meters, squared. The answer to the equation gives you the BMI. For example, if a person is 1.6 meters tall you square that number, which is 1.6 times by 1.6 and equals 2.56. Then you take their weight, let’s say 58 kilograms for this example, and divide it by the answer of the height squared. So for this example it would be 58 divided by 2.56 which equals 22.65 – this is the BMI.
Normal BMI range is between 18.5 to 24.9 so if you fall within this range you have a healthy weight. If your BMI is below 18.5 then you are considered underweight. If your BMI is between 25 to 29.9 then you are considered overweight. If your BMI is 30 or higher then you are considered obese. BMI is not completely accurate for athletes who have a lot of muscle weight.
Tip: You don’t have to sacrifice taste when it comes to losing weight. It used to be that healthy food was synonymous with bland food.
Ok, now we know what BMI is and how it is calculated, let’s get back to the mothers and daughters BMI resemblance. If this is correct, would that mean that if a woman is overweight then her daughters will be too? If a woman is underweight will her daughters also be underweight? If a woman is in the normal weight range, will her daughters also have healthy weights? I don’t think this would be true all of the time, but there are some factors that make th… Read more
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