Being overweight or obese isn’t only a cosmetic concern; having high levels of fat and cholesterol also increases your risk for potentially serious health problems like high blood pressure, breathing disorders, diabetes, heart diseases, stroke and cancer.
Obesity is currently the fifth leading risk for global deaths with at least 2.8 million overweight and obese adults dying each year. A recent report from the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity, Inc. (PASOO) shows that three out of 10 Filipino adults, 20 years and above, are either overweight or obese.
The World Health Organization already considers obesity as a growing epidemic worldwide— replacing more traditional problems like undernutrition and infectious diseases as the most significant causes of ill-health.
Fortunately, obesity is a preventable and reversible condition. While there are genetic and hormonal influences on the body weight, obesity generally occurs when you take in more calories than those you burn through exercise and normal daily activities. These extra calories are then stored in the body as fats.
To be able to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, remember to observe healthy eating habits, exercise regularly and schedule routine check-ups in health clinics like Primary Care Plus Inc. (PCPI).
PCPI is the only one-stop-shop clinic in the country offering affordable, quality primary healthcare, specialty and ancillary care that includes comprehensive diagnostic, laboratory, pharmacy and consultation services— all in a warm and friendly environment.
A visit to PCPI will see your body mass index (BMI), a simple index of weight-for-height commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults, measured. BMI is calculated by dividing the weight in kilograms by the height in meters squared. A BMI of 18.5 below is underweight, 18-22.9 is normal, 23-24.9 is overweight, and 25 above is obese.
After checking your BMI and assessing your health, PCPI physicians will recommend proper nutrition and lifestyle modifications you need to maintain or achieve a healthy weight. These may be a long-term challenge especially for overweight and obese people, but with the right diet plan and motivation, a healthy weight is possible to attain.