Obesity is a condition in which excess body fats have accumulated that causes numerous serious Health problems, while it can cause increase in weight, it is different from being overweight. Overweight can be due to increase in muscle mass, increase in body water, increase in body fats (obesity) or sometimes genetic due to large bone mass (density). Being overweight is the outcome of a person weight being greater than the normal or healthy range compared to his/her height (BMI)

People now a day are very much prone to being obese due to fast-pace changes in our society today. Instead of home-cooked meal, we tend to choose fast foods which suits our very hectic schedules.  Busy people who have increase workload tends to busy themselves in work related matters than giving 1 hr of their time to working out (exercise). People with sedentary lifestyle and those who choose over-eating as part of their coping mechanism. Not realizing that the long-term effect of these choices can lead to Obesity.

Being Obese increase the risk of having serious conditions such as:

Diabetes

Heart Disease

Stroke

Arthritis

Liver Disease

Cancer

Lymph problems

Assessing your Weight and Health Risk and knowing what to do can help you prevents the said conditions.

Three Steps:

1. Know your Body Mass Index.

  • BMI is calculated from your height and weight. It is a useful method in measuring Overweight and Obesity, an estimation of your body fat and a gauge of  the risk in health related diseases due to obesity.
  • although BMI can be very useful, it also has it’s limits like: 1. It may overestimate body fats in athletes and others which have high muscle mass.;2. It may underestimate body fats in people who have lost muscle mass.

2. Measure your Waist Circumference.

  • Possible health risk can be screened by measuring your waist circumference. If most of your fats are situated around your belly rather than your hips, you are likely to have a higher risk of having Heart Diseases and Type II Diabetes.
  • Increase in risk with women who have greater than 35 inches waist circumference and greater than 40 in men.

3. Know the Risk factors for diseases and conditions associated with Obesity.

Along with being Obese, these are factors can put you in greater risk for heart disease  and other conditions

  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • Low HDL Cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • High Blood Glucose
  • Family history of premature heart disease
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Cigarette Smoking
If you found out upon assessment that you are a candidate of being obese,it is better to consult your doctor to see whether you are at risk and to know what to do to prevent further progression of the disease.
As I have always stated, Prevention is better than Cure. 
Be an observer of one’s self. Be conscious of your health.
Loosing 5 -10 percent of your current weight can help lower your risk in developing these health conditions. Also at the same time, this can be your first step in engaging your self in a more active,
fun-filled and healthier lifestyle.

Reference: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute