Saturday, 5 April 2014


Obesity is a condition where one ingests  more energy than what one expends. It is also a situation where your body mass index is 30 or more. There is no ideal body weight. There is a preferred  body weight range. It is  called the preferred body weight because if your weight  lies in this range, you are less likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes and some other illnesses. The body mass index is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. If  your body mass index lies in the range of between 19-24.9, you  are in the preferred range for health and appearance.But if  your body mass index is between 25-29.9, you are overweight and need to  exercise and change your diet. A  BMI  of 30 or more is known as  obesity.

Obesity is a condition  whereby  body fat has accumulated to the  point where it may  have negative effects on a person's health.

1. Eating too much  but not burning off  the  energy through exercise and physical activities.
2. Drinking too much alcohol and alcohol contains a lot of calories.
3. Depression-Some people eat a lot when they are depressed or having low self esteem
4. Lack of physical exercise
5. The genes-Obesity sometimes run in families.
6. Medication- Certain medications make people put on weight. An example is antidepressants which  contributes to weight gain.
9. Oral contraceptives- Weight gain is one of the side effects of taking the pills.

1. Eat regularly to avoid overeating or binge eating.
2.Avoid crash diets and fast weight loss.
3. Do simple exercises that you enjoy.
4. Always eat a well balanced diet.
5. Reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen or around food.
6. Eat with family or people you live with.
7. Eat less fat- Reduce your intake of fast foods like cakes, chocolate, chips etc. Reduce the amount of fat you take by eating low fat dairy products , cutting the fat off meat or chicken and reducing the amount of iol you take.
8. Eat  only for your nutritional needs and not because you are depressed or having low self esteem.

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