Obesity is a disease related to the excess storage of fat in the body. The body metabolizes food to use as energy. When there is more food than necessary, the body stores it as fat which can lead to obesity. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is used as a general measurement to understand and diagnose obesity.
Obesity is a complex disease and individuals can have a predisposition to carrying excess weight from inherited traits and environmental factors, along with diet and lack of physical exercise. Obesity can lead to a variety of other issues including heart disease, diabetes, joint issues, kidney disease, and gallstones.
The good news is that obesity is reversible. Individuals have a variety of solutions including making changes to their diet and exercise and learning new routines and habits. For some, bariatric surgery may be an option if prior weight management options have not been successful.
The team at Schneck is here to help individuals understand their options and lead healthier lifestyles. Reach out if you or a loved one would like to learn more.