- 64% of adults over 20 years of age are overweight or obese.
- 30% of adults over 20 years of age are obese.
- 15% teenagers aged between 12 and 19 are overweight.
- 15% of children aged between 6 and 11 years are overweight.
(Recent Data for USA).
- Being Overweight is defined by an excess amount of weight, compared to set standards. This excess weight may came from bone, muscle, fat and/or body water.
- Obesity is defined by an excess amount of body fat. Men with more than 25% body fat, and women with more than 30% body fat are considered obese.
People become overweight or obese by consuming more calories than they burn up.
There are a number of influences that lead to overweight or obesity:
- Lack of physical activity.
- Diets that are high in fat and simple carbohydrates.
- Genetics,- a family history of overweight or obesity.
- Environment,- negative emotions like boredom, sadness or anger, can influence eating habits and lead to over-indulgence.
Yes, if excess weight is located mainly around the middle, (apple shape), it is more likely to lead to obesity-related health problems, than if the weight is around the hips (pear shape).
Overweight or obesity can increase the risk of developing several health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Kidney Disease
Physical exercise, plays an important part in the prevention of overweight and obesity. In order to maintain a healthy stable weight, a person needs to expend the same amount of calories as those consumed.
A good way to burn off extra calories is to engage in regular physical activities beyond the usual routine.
Most experts recommend that someone attempting to lose a large amount of weight, should first consult a personal physician or health care professional before beginning a weight-loss program.