Obesity Causes an Increased Risk of Injury
Obesity has become a worldwide medical condition that can lead to reduced life expectancy, increased health problems, and even an increased risk of injury. Obesity is quantitatively measured as a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30. With excessive accumulated body fat, obese individuals are negatively impacting their overall health and sense of well-being. These individuals increase their risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Although genetic susceptibility, endocrine disorders, and medications are a risk factor for weight gain, most individuals become obese due to a combination of excessive calorie intake with limited physical activity. A sedentary lifestyle significantly increases the risk of obesity.
Increased risk of injury has become an alarming issue associated with obesity. Obese individuals have limited mobility, which increases the risk of falls that lead to sprains and broken bones. Injuries to the face, teeth and bones tend to result from these falls in both obese adults and children. Those suffering from obesity-related sleep apnea often feel fatigued, causing a higher prevalence of road accidents among the obese. In general, obese individuals are also at an increased risk for work-related injuries.
Exercise and diet are the recommended first steps toward active weight loss. Unfortunately, most individuals have poor success in losing weight by these methods alone. Weight management programs at Lifestyle solutions in Ocala can help you achieve your weight loss goals faster, easily, and more safely. Your weight loss specialist at Lifestyle Solutions will create an individual treatment program for you based on your current lifestyle and medical history, which will help you to lose weight and decrease your risk for experiencing any severe physical injury due to obesity.