know that obesity is considered a chronic disease? It’s also
a national epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease
Control, more than one-third of U.S. adults (over 78 million
people) are obese. Obesity is defined as having a body mass
index (BMI) of 30 or greater.
no secret that weight gain occurs easily, and weight loss can
be a bit more challenging. Although there are genetic and
hormonal influences on body weight, obesity occurs when you
take in more calories than you burn through exercise and
normal daily activities," says Dr. Seanna Thompson, Mayo
Clinic Health System OB-GYN physician. "Your body stores
these excess calories as fat. As fat cells accumulate, so do
the pounds you carry around your body each day."
health risks are associated with obesity. Obesity is linked to
dozens of other chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
Numerous cancers — including female reproductive tumors —
are also associated with being overweight or obese. Other
gynecologic problems may include infertility and irregular
women’s health perspective, maintaining a healthy weight can
significantly cut your risk of developing these
life-threatening conditions. Studies show that even modest
weight loss (3-5 percent of body weight) has been shown to
produce significant improvement in many conditions.
your quality of life may be affected as well. Weight-related
issues may incite low self-esteem, social isolation and a
reduction in activities you may normally enjoy.
tried losing weight on your own with little success, other
options for obesity treatment include weight-loss surgery and
prescription weight-loss medication. FDA approved medications
mind, though, that weight-loss medication is meant to be used
along with diet, exercise and behavior changes — not instead
of them. If you don't make these other changes in your life,
medication is unlikely to work for you. "Monitoring food
intake and incorporating regular physical activity is
important to achieve long-term success. Talk to your health
care provider about the risks and potential benefits and which
weight-loss solution might work best for you," says Dr.