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Am I Fat or Obese?

Feb 20, 2020 12:00:00 AM

When was the last time you checked your weight?

Most of us are busy concentrating on what is happening around us and yet we are oblivious to our growing waistlines. According to statistics, more than 1 in 3 adults is considered obese and about one-third of children or adolescents (age 6 to 19) are considered overweight. Many at times, people do not really know the difference between being fat and being obese –and this is why they are so reluctant.

The problem with being fat or obese is not just about your clothing size or your physical appearance. But it brings about several life-threatening medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain types of cancer.

This article will tell you everything you need to know about obesity and how to lose unwanted body fat.

ALSO CHECK: Introducing Clinic: Op. Dr. Serkan Ayhan - Obesity & Diabetes & Reflux Surgical Clinic

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How can I Understand that I am Obese?

Obesity is medically defined as having too much body fat. Some institutions actually define it as a complex disease involving an excessive amount of fat in the body. The fact that it is regarded as a disease itself, it’s an indication that obesity affects one’s health status.

Experts usually interpret one’s obesity levels based on the body mass index (BMI). The value of the BMI is derived from the relationship between one’s weight and height. So for example, if two people have the same amount of weight, but one is shorter than the other, the shorter person has a higher BMI.

To find out whether you are obese or not, you put your height and weight into a BMI calculator. If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9 then it means that you are overweight. But when it is 30 or higher, then you are obese.

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What are the Solutions for Obesity?

There are a number of treatment options that can help people to achieve and maintain a suitable weight. Six of these obesity treatment solutions are highlighted below:

High-fiber Diet

Consuming a lot of calories is one of the causes of excess body fat. Some of the processed foodstuffs that contain high-fructose corn syrup (high in sugar and fat) can cause changes in the body that result in additional weight gain.

With that being said, we also have to note the type of foods that can help a person shed some weight, right? Obese people should increase the consumption of whole grains and other high-fiber foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Physical Activity/Exercising

If dieting is very challenging to you, then you have to be, at least, physically active. Although exercising can be effective in helping one lose weight, the downside of it is that it can take time to start noticing the results. You will have to burn at 3,500 calories in order to lose one pound of fat.

Surgery

After everything else fails, then you better rest assured that surgery wouldn't let you down –especially when it is performed by an experienced surgeon. There are two types of surgeries that are designed to help you lose weight.

The first one is known as Gastric sleeve or gastric band. This surgery is used to make the stomach appear much smaller. After having this surgery, you literally cannot eat more food as you used to do before. So you see what this surgery does? It reduces your food intake!

Gastric bypass is the name of the second surgery. This is an invasive surgical procedure that involves dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. The basic idea of this surgery is to make food bypass parts of the digestive system, specifically the first part of the mid-section of the small intestine.

These two types of weight loss surgeries are only recommended to obese people who have a BMI of 30 or above.

 

Is There Any Clinic in Istanbul That I Can Have the Surgery?

The answer is a big YES!

You can have this surgery at Optimed Private Clinic –which is located in Cerkezkoy, near Istanbul, Turkey. This clinic is a modern ISO-certified clinic that offers a wide range of high-quality healthcare treatments such Bariatric Surgery (obesity & metabolic surgery) and Anti-reflux surgery, Aesthetic- Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Eye surgery.

The lead doctor at this Optimed Private Clinic is interventional and therapeutic endoscopy-certified and this implies that he has been trained in laparoscopy, endoscopy and new open surgical techniques. The name of this doctor is Serkan Ayhan.

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This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in Feburary 2020

 

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