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Obesity Paradox

Obesity Paradox

This is basically how overweight people would normally say it; “we will survive longer when food scarcity comes because by that time, we’ll only become thinner and you (pertaining to fit or slim people) will be gone by that time”. This is how they normally depend themselves of being fat. This is one proof of the existence of obesity paradox. Recent studies have shown that obese people with chronic illness have a higher chance of survival than people with normal body weight. This finding was called the OBESITY PARADOX. However, as it is a paradox, it is a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true. So before you get hold of extra bites of your favorite food, well examine what obesity is all about.

Are you obese? This is perhaps the first thing you have to determine to be able to know what you have to work on. Scientists can measure body fat with X-ray absorption techniques and underwater weighing, which are based on the fact that fat tissue has a different density than bone or muscle. But these methods aren’t practical for routine doctor’s visits and are much expensive for us. So, primary health care providers use other methods (like height, weight and skin-fold thickness).

The most popular and convenient method for estimating obesity is the body mass index (BMI). BMI is a ratio of weight to height. This is the formula:

BMI = weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703 (English measurements)

BMI = weight (kg) / [height (m)]2 (metric measurements)

For example, a 5-foot-5-inch, 150-pound woman would have a BMI of 25. According to these BMI categories, she is overweight but not obese.

  • Less than 18.5 = underweight
  • 18.5 to 24.9 = normal weight
  • 25 to 29.9 = overweight
  • More than 30 = obese

You can check your BMI in some BMI charts available in the internet. There are also some sites which can help you calculate your BMI and determine whether you are underweight, normal, overweight or obese.

Obese people have excess body fat. Overweight people have excess body weight (weight includes bone, fat, and muscle. In general, women have more body fat than men do. With that said, women have a higher tendency of becoming obese than men. Women with more than 30 percent body fat and men with more than 25 percent body fat would be considered obese.

In the United States, obesity is already an epidemic as classified by the Center of Disease Control. Almost 65 percent of Americans falls on the overweight and obese category based on their BMI. Right now, obesity costs Americans more than $117 billion annually in health care. If you are obese, you have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of premature death than someone of normal weight. Obesity is a risk factor in other conditions, like high blood pressure, heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Though you may not die first by the time the whole world is suffering in food scarcity, but you might end up dying before that time actually comes. I strongly believe that making your BMI fall on the normal weight is better. So you better start losing that excess fat and start living fit and healthy.

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