Obesity and being overweight is defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat. Obesity has multiple causes not only unhealthy eating habits, genetic factors are also involved, sedentarism, bad sleeping habits, medication, alcoholism, smoking , mood disorders.
Obesity and especially morbid obesity increases the risk for health problems; it shortens life expectancy. Morbidly obese patients live 10-15 years less than the rest of the population. The risk of dying due to complications because of diabetes or heart attacks are increased 5-7 times more. Obesity is associated with psychological, social and economic consequences.
The most common way to find out if you are overweight or obese is to calculate your body mass index (BMI). You can calculate your BMI with your own measurements with the option I give you on the page. You can also measure your waist circumference, taking as reference to measure the superior border of your iliac crest, with the patient standing up with a measuring tape, non-extensible, with your clothes loosened and taking into account the bony structures we have referenced. It can be measured with the patient laying down on his back and using umbilicus as reference point. There is not a great difference between both measurements if the observer is the same. The risk of developing health problems increases if your waist circumference is greater than 35 inches in women and greater than 40 inches in men. You’re at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Founder of MedicalPan, entrepreneur and creator of Panasalud, S.A., the first great Health Communication agency in Panama. Luis is in Charge of insuring the compliance of the policies and standards that MedicalPan, S.A. applies to each of its patients and business associates from all over the world.Website: www.luissantamaria.com