Warning Sign! Do you face an obesity risk?

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Warning Sign! Do you face an obesity risk?

Obesity is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, with rising rates in both adults and children. Because of the fat accumulation, the body gets to store more energy than it needs. As a result, energy is accumulated in the form of fat in various organs. It leads to obesity and causes health problems including other chronic diseases.


Obesity is a condition in which the body accumulates more fat than normal and it causes various health problems like asthma, easy fatigue, difficulty breathing, back pain, as well as other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia, cerebrovascular disease and osteoarthritis 

BMI is body mass index which is the international standard criteria used to calculate people with preliminary obesity. BMI shows the relationship between body weight and height. According to the World Health Organization, the body mass index is defined as follows:

BMI less than 18.5 = Underweight

BMI 18.5 – 24.9 = Normal weight

BMI 25 – 29.9 = Overweight

BMI 30 – 34.9 = Obesity level I

BMI 35 – 39 = Obesity level II

BMI 40 and above = Obesity level III

Causes of obesity

There are different causes of fat accumulation depending on different people according to their behavior and physical conditions. The accumulation of fat comes from diet and lifestyle habits. Obesity is often caused by the following factors:

  • Eating Pattern: Overeating can cause the body to get more energy than it needs
  • Endocrine disease: As the body can burn less energy, the thyroid gland decreases causing weight gain.
  • Medication: Certain medications can increase the appetite, such as birth control pills, antidepressants, steroid pills, etc.
  • Genetics

Complications in obesity

Nowadays obesity has become a common public health problem. The population around the world including in Thailand, the problem of being overweight is increasing continuously. Obesity is a leading risk factor and an important cause of various chronic diseases. Check out the following diseases which can be caused resulting from obesity:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Respiratory disease
  • Hyperlipidemia

How to prevent obesity?

  1. Good mindset on how important it is to be healthy
  2. Sufficient knowledge needed for weight management including diet and physical activity
  3. Good psychological health such as stress management and coping skills

These 3 things are the keys to preventing obesity and could totally be provided by personalized lifestyle medicine service in PrimoCare medical clinic. The patients can get to know their own body, set goals, plan and assess together with our professionals in the service.

To make an appointment for an annual health checkup, blood lipids or get advice from a nutrition therapist, Primocare Medical Clinic is ready to take care of your health in its entirety. You can inquire or make an appointment in advance here.


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