What is obesity?

Being obese means having excessive body fat and this is a serious health risk.  When the body fat is concentrated in the middle of the abdomen, one is more likely be susceptible to more health problems.

What are the consequences of being obese?

Obesity can increase one’s risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, gout, joint disease, musculo-skeletal problems, certain types of cancers (women: cancers of the uterus, gallbladder, cervix, ovary, breast, and colon – Men: cancers of the colon, rectum, and prostate), gall bladder disease, sleep apnea, & respiratory distress.

What causes obesity?

Obesity happens when the body doesn’t burn off as many calories as it takes in i.e. energy imbalance.  This energy imbalance is due to a combination of genetic, environmental, behavioral, and social factors.   There are many factors that contribute to this:  How much one eat’s, how healthy is the food intake, how active one is, what illness one has, what medications one is taking, hereditary, lifestyle habits etc.

How do you know if you are obese?

Total Body Composition Testing is the gold standard for measuring total, lean and bone tissue.  Body weight alone is not a clear indicator of good health because it does not distinguish how many pounds are from fat and how many are from lean body mass.
BMI is just one indicator of being over weight or obese.  BMI is a combination of your height and weight.  An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.  An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
Body composition measurement with DEXA can look beyond weight and traditional body mass index (BMI) to determine body fat distribution ? an important risk factor in a variety of serious diseases.

Obesity Facts

World Health Organization (WHO) has called obesity an “epidemic”
Obesity has surpassed smoking as the greatest health threat
World wide, 1.6 billion people are overweight or obese – greater than the population of China!!!
In Canada, about 40% to 60% of adults have a weight problem

Obesity is killing 25000 Canadians a year” according to Dr. Arya Sharma, scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network