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According to the NHS, an estimated 25% of UK adults are overweight. People who suffer from obesity are at risk of developing potentially fatal medical conditions like diabetes, strokes, heart disease and cancer. Obesity may also cause problems with self esteem and damage your wider quality of life. DoktorABC’s online GPs are here to help you lose weight. If there are no prior health issues, they may be able to prescribe either Orlistat or Xenical as part of a wider weight loss plan.Read more about weight loss
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What is obesity?
Obesity is a medical condition that occurs when someone is overweight (has excessive body fat) to the extent that their health is at risk. Obesity is a very common problem in the UK with around 25% of adults considered to be overweight. Doctors will often use the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale as a convenient measure of whether a patient is obese. The BMI measures your weight against your height to check whether there is a problem.
- 18.5 to 24.9 means you're a healthy weight
- 25 to 29.9 means you're overweight
- 30 to 39.9 means you're obese
- 40 or above means you're severely obese
The BMI is not an absolute indicator of obesity because a muscular athlete or bodybuilder could have an unusually high weight for their height. If you are fat, the BMI will give your doctor an idea of how obese you are.
Obesity is generally caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. If you consume more calories than you burn off through physical exercise, you will gain body fat. For many people this can develop into a vicious spiral of overeating and weight gain until it becomes a serious medical problem. Weight loss can be a major challenge for people with sedentary jobs, limited spare time and energy and a preference for junk food and cheap sugary snacks.
The potential medical consequences of obesity are severe. They can include heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and some types of cancer. The immediate personal consequences often include low self-esteem, depression, and a restricted lifestyle. Obesity can be successfully treated through a combination of diet and exercise. A wider treatment plan can also include prescription medications like Orlistat or Xenical or even surgical procedures.
Causes of obesity
Obesity is very occasionally a side effect of medical conditions like hypothyroidism and can have genetic causes. In most cases, the cause of obesity is a combination of a sedentary lifestyle and overeating. Over the last few generations the UK economy has evolved into a service economy and the number of people employed in physically demanding jobs has massively declined. Day to day life is also less physically demanding than it was for previous generations. There is also an abundance of cheap high calorie foods and drinks. The consequence has been an epidemic of obesity with almost 25% of UK adults now overweight.
Risk factors for obesity
If any of the following apply to you, it’s possible that you’re at risk of obesity:
- You work in a sedentary job
- You travel to work by car or public transport
- You spend evenings and weekends watching TV
- You regularly eat junk food, sweets, and processed foods.
- You often drink sugary drinks or alcohol
- You don’t take regular strenuous exercise
Obesity is usually caused by poor lifestyle choices. Leading a healthier and more natural life will make an immediate difference, but you will need an effective weight loss strategy to slim down to a healthy weight.
Obesity and your health
If you are carrying several kilos of surplus body fat, you are putting an immense strain on your body. You are also reducing your body’s ability to function efficiently. The potential long term consequences of obesity can include dozens of medical problems, including coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, breast cancer and bowel cancer. If you are obese you are three times more likely to develop colon cancer. Being seriously overweight won’t just reduce your quality of life and cause you suffering and inconvenience, it may also kill you.
Obese people may suffer from depression as a consequence of being overweight. Other emotional and psychological problems can involve feelings of powerlessness, self-loathing, and anxiety about wider health issues. If you’re obese, you may experience social isolation, stigmatisation and may be too embarrased to join a gym or exercise in public. You could even face discrimination when applying for jobs or housing. All of these issues can be compounded if obese people who are unhappy look to food as a source of comfort.
The current epidemic of obesity is one of the UK’s biggest health challenges, with the wider health related problems costing the NHS billions (an estimated £6.1 billion in 2014-15). The wider cost to the economy could be as high as £27 billion in terms of lost productivity.
Why it can be difficult to lose weight
On the face of it, weight loss should be a simple and easy process. If you burn off more calories than you consume, you lose body fat. But many obese people find it incredibly difficult to lose weight. To do so requires a complete change of lifestyle, perhaps breaking pleasurable habits and comforting routines that have existed since childhood.
Even a few generations ago, children walked to school, played energetically during break times, did compulsory sports and PE, and played outside in their free time. People generally ate home cooking, and junk food was much less widespread. Adults were more likely to work in physically demanding jobs and were less likely to drive everywhere. Obesity was not a social problem.
Rates of obesity in men have doubled since 1993 and have almost doubled in women. There is now a generation of adults that has no ingrained habit of physical exercise and little idea where to begin with fitness training. If you’re already obese, you may feel too embarrased or ashamed to join a gym or go out jogging. There is also an abundance of junk food with supersized portions, special offers and free deliveries. If you’re tired, stressed, or feeling low, it’s very easy to sit in front of the TV with your favourite snacks. Committing to a long-term weight loss plan that demands discipline, willpower and energy isn’t easy. In fact, it requires incredible motivation.
Obesity is a serious medical condition that is costing the NHS billions and cutting short people’s lives. It is also severely damaging the basic quality of life for millions of people in the UK. An estimated 1 in 4 UK adults are overweight and a whole industry has grown up around diet and weight loss. Successful treatment of obesity is possible - and from a biological perspective is very simple. All weight loss requires is that you eat less and do more.
From a psychological perspective, weight loss can be a lot harder. If you are morbidly obese (BMI 40+) it might take 2 years to slim down to a healthy size (assuming that you lose a pound of fat a week). It’s possible to lose weight simply by dieting, but if you’re obese it’s more likely that you will need a holistic approach to weight loss. You may need to work with a health professional to create an effective weight loss plan.
- A calorie controlled diet with regular small portions of healthy, high quality food.
- A progressive exercise program with aerobic and anaerobic training.
- Counselling, peer support, or even therapy.
- Prescription weight loss medications like Orlistat or Xenical.
- Surgical procedures such as gastric banding or gastric bypass.
If you want to lose weight, and there are no prior health issues, our online GP may be able to prescribe either Orlistat or Xenical tablets. Complete a short online medical questionnaire to get started.