Understanding Obesity

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Understanding Obesity

What Is Obesity

Being Obese or overweight is a state determined by your BMI (Body Mass Index). It is calculated as a ratio of your individual body weight to your height in meters. If the calculated figure is between 25.0 and 29.9, then you are labeled as being overweight. On the other hand, if the resulting figure is above 30, you are said to be obese.

Ireland: A Country of Obese People by 2030 WHO Reports

According to World Health Organization (WHO) report, Ireland has the highest cases of obesity and excess weight in the whole Europe. The research involved 53 countries from the WHO European region. The report compared recorded figures of 2010 and projected ones for the year 2030. If this trend in Ireland continues, experts are of the opinion that by the year 2030, Europe may have to deal with a big obesity crisis. In fact, the Irish republic is Europe’s future fat-man.

Effects of Obesity In Ireland

The increasing levels of obesity are the reasons as to why there is increase in disability and disease cases across Europe and in Ireland in particular.

Obesity is a serious problem world over. According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, 2.1 billion of world’s population and more are suffering from overweight and obesity health issues. It causes around 5 % loss of life across the globe and it is reported that the associated healthcare and lost productivity costs global economy about 1.8 trillion euros.

A four part discussion by Professor Carel le Roux, Metabolic Medicine, in the Diabetes Complications Research Centre of University College Dublin, to help us understand obesity.

Understanding Obesity (Part 1)

Causes and Treatments

Understanding Obesity (Part 2)

Lifestyle Changes

Understanding Obesity (Part 3)

Surgical Options

Understanding Obesity (Part 4)

Living with Surgery