Obesity poses a significant health challenge for many individuals, extending beyond mere cosmetic concerns. Carrying excess body weight elevates the risk of health issues such as stroke and heart disease. Generally, obesity is defined by a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, although BMI has limitations in assessing body fat versus muscle mass. It serves as an initial estimate for weight management.
The primary contributors to obesity are an unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity, where caloric intake surpasses expenditure. Genetic factors, metabolism, and hormone levels also play roles, influencing appetite. Contributing factors include lack of sleep, stress, pregnancy, and quitting smoking, which may lead to weight gain during withdrawal.
Associated symptoms of obesity encompass breathlessness, increased sweating, snoring, sleep apnea, fatigue, joint pains, depression, and sexual issues. Various treatments are available:
- Physiotherapy: Offers exercise programs and guidance for achieving a healthy weight.
- Mental health therapy: Addresses emotional eating and mental issues linked to weight gain.
- Acupuncture: Aids in boosting metabolism and reducing appetite.
- Surgery: In cases of treatment resistance or severe health issues, bariatric surgery modifies the digestive system to facilitate weight loss.
At Activa Clinics, our physiotherapists tailor treatment plans incorporating diverse therapies, addressing internal imbalances contributing to weight gain. Strategies to prevent obesity include increased water intake, avoiding skipping breakfast, maintaining a food journal to identify triggers for emotional eating, and finding alternative ways to cope with emotional triggers, such as relaxation breaks or seeking support from friends.
Research shows that even a modest amount of weight loss can make significant improvements to your health. So let us help you reach a healthier weight. At Activa Clinics, we take a whole-body approach. Using a variety of therapies and treatments, we can make it easier to lose weight, solve the associated conditions, and improve your overall health.