Men's Health

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Obesity?

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Obesity?

Most people are not exactly sure about what healthy weight one should maintain at any one stage in life. Body mass index (BMI) is one way for one to correctly define the required healthy weight. Obesity is usually diagnosed when a person’s body mass index is 30 or above. To calculate body mass index you divide ones weight in kilograms by ones height in meters (squared). 


Conditions for obesity

Certain conditions are likely to arise due to obesity. Examples include:

People with obesity are also at risk of other health issues. These risks often increase as the level of obesity increases.

As you become obese, the extra weight is likely to accumulate in certain parts of your body. If you have weight around the abdomen you are more likely to develop health issues brought about by obesity than a person who has accumulated mass around the thighs and legs.

There are several reasons that lead to obesity.

The following are some common causes of obesity:

  • Genetic influences: Yes, obesity does have a tough genetic component. Obese parent are highly likely to have children that are obese than children of average weight parents. But obesity is not entirely predetermined as our genes are flexible. The environment and signals relayed to the genes is what has changed. These signals can cause major effect on genes regarding which genes get expressed and which ones aren’t. Studies haven’t fully concluded that genetic components cause obesity.
  • Physiological influences: Our bodies usually have varying metabolic rates, despite individuals being of the same age, gender or body size. Fewer calories are required for someone whose metabolic rate is low to maintain his weight and a person with the same weight will require a high metabolic rate. This shows there is a difference in how our bodies burn food.
  • Eating disorders and food consumption: Obesity also can result from eating disorders. Binge eating is one eating disorder that will lead to obesity. The individual has repeated episodes of eating more than enough food very fast and has no control over these.

Constantly eating of foods with high fat and calories will also cause obesity.  If you eat a lot, especially foods that are high in fat and calories, you can become obese.

  • Lifestyle: Unhealthy eating i.e. consuming a lot of processed foods, eating more than you require, drinking lots of sugary things, eating out often and consuming too much alcohol will all lead to obesity. These processed foods often have more refined ingredients with added chemicals. They last long, taste good and you can’t resist yourself.   
  • Weight history: How much we weigh when we are kids and during adolescence can likely determine the outcome when we are adults.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause obesity. Many women will increase their weight after every pregnancy.
  • No physical activity: When you don’t exercise you won’t use the energy that is provided by the diet you eat. This extra energy is stored as fat by your body.
  • Drugs: Some medical conditions can cause weight gain, such as underactive thyroid gland and Cushing’s syndrome. If treated effectively they won’t be a barrier to weight reduction. Antidepressants and corticosteroids can also cause obesity. Weight gain can also be a side effect of someone who has stopped smoking.
  • Hormones: Western diet often causes insulin resistance in many people. An increase in insulin results in energy selectively stored in fat cells; this insulin should otherwise be availed for use. Fat cells also produce too much leptin hormone, inhibiting the brain to control food intake. 
  • Social issues: Financial constrains that limit one from buying healthy foods, or no safe areas to exercise can bring about risks of overweight.
  • Lack of information: There are so many people across the continents reading incorrect information. Arguments have it that mega food industries sponsor scientists and other health organizations around the continents to promote corporations interests as opposed to promoting people’s health.

Signs and Symptoms:

Weight gain often happens gradually. The whole process can take months or years. Some signs and symptoms that you are overweight include:

Clothes get tight and need for a bigger size - You will notice with time that your clothes are not fitting any more. It is sometimes impossible to tell if you are adding weight. But if this is the case, this is a very clear sign that your body is changing.

Scale indications of increase in weight - Scales do not lie. Most of us don’t get time to weigh ourselves because of our busy schedule unless we visit a doctor. It is vital to keep checking your weight from time to time. This will be an indication that we are living healthy or gaining weight.

Accumulation of extra fat on the waist - Obese individuals will form excess mass in the areas around the abdomen. Waist size will increase as a result. Other parts of the body that will increase in mass include the face, thighs and arms.

Increased body mass index - Excess fatty tissues will form all over the person’s overweight body. This, however, doesn’t happen overnight.

Chronic dehydration - This is an also important sign and symptom that you are overweight.


Other obesity symptoms

These symptoms also include:

  • Sleeping disorder
  • Sleep apnea: This is a breathing disorder that causes breathing irregularities and constantly stops while someone is sleeping.
  • Varicose veins
  • Depression
  • Skin problems as a result of moist accumulation especially in the folds of the skin.
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • High cholesterol
  • Joint ailment (e.g. osteoarthritis)
  • Liver ailment
  • Stroke
  • Shortness in breath


Clue to the cure symptom

Signs often show the potential danger. But we may or may not notice this signs. We might be the sign but still miss the sign. The most worrying thing is that by that time, we are in the stage of electrolyte imbalance and chronic fluid retention. This is when the body is receiving less water and salt than it requires. 

Salt will be administered into your veins once you are admitted to hospital. This combined salt (from IV’s) and food are better than the salt you consume daily. The reason you are given more salt but eat less is to help increase the sodium intake, that is, unprocessed sea salt to lower your blood pressure. The correct amount of water administered to the body’s condition and weight will enable one to thrive.

Once you maintain the water balance and the electrolytes that the body requires, you will have cured the obesity. Chronic dehydration always points to signs of obesity.

By using a water cure as an immediate life changer you will lower your weight. Take the water cure in the morning and at night. Make it a routine first thing in the morning and the last thing during the night. 

Following the water cure program without fail, some people can testify on attaining their weight loss objectives, or even better weight loss objectives. By attaining this they have taken care of the cause and the symptoms.

If you feel you are obese or you are troubled by weight and health problems, visit a doctor. Your health care provider will gauge your health condition and risks and then come up with a possible weight loss choice.