Obesity is a condition by which an excess amount of fats is accumulated on the body to pose long-term consequences to health, including running a higher risk for serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, gallbladder disease, and cancer. Medically defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30 (measure of your weight relative to your height), Obesity is classified as a chronic disease along with other similar conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes.
How Does It Occur?
As most of us already know, weight gain naturally occurs when more calories are consumed than the body uses up and these excess calories are eventually converted into fats. There are various common causes of obesity, including age, gender, and emotional (depression), genetic and environmental factors, etc. Other causes include certain medications, pregnancy or eating disorders (binge eating, bulimia).
Common symptoms include breathing disorders (e.g., sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cancer (various types i.e. prostate and bowel cancer in men, breast and uterine cancer in women), coronary diseases, depression, diabetes, gallbladder or liver disease, Gerd, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint disease (osteoarthritis), stroke, etc.
Functional Wellness can play a vital role towards the prevention and management of obesity. Prescribed exercises and physical activities can heighten energy expenditure, i.e. aerobic exercises, strength/resistance trainings, etc. In addition, Functional Wellness focuses on lifestyle aspects including nutritional wellness and education.