Obesity

Obesity is one of the most serious health concerns in the world today. According to recent studies, nearly a quarter of the population in the UK are obese and around 32% of men and 42% of women are classified as overweight and at risk of becoming obese. Obesity is a well-known cause of numerous life threatening health conditions and should therefore be treated as soon as possible.

Dealing with a condition like obesity can be challenging, however, there is a prescription treatment available to help make your weight loss regime more effective.

It is a common misconception that obesity is simply a cosmetic problem, but in actual fact the condition can cause a number of very serious health complications that can have a long-term effect on your general health. Obesity is associated with a number of cardiovascular problems and cancers, as well as chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes.

What are the causes?

A person can be considered obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. The two main reasons obesity is becoming more common is a lack of activity and a high calorie diet.

We spend more of our time sitting down when we work or travel than ever before. This desk-bound existence prevents many of us from burning off all the calories we consume daily and many people struggle to find the time to exercise to compensate for this lack of activity.

Our body then has no other choice but to convert these calories into fat and store it.

Apart from a sedentary lifestyle, other causes of obesity can be genetic. These 'obesity-genes' can influence how we perceive taste and smell, our level of appetite, how fast we feel full, and our metabolism's speed.

What health problems can obesity cause?

Head

Numerous studies have demonstrated that people who maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes maintaining a healthy weight, are generally happier than those who have an unhealthy lifestyle. Eating healthily and exercising are thought to contribute to a healthy emotional and mental state.

Heart

A healthy lifestyle equals a healthy heart, with the risk of conditions like high blood pressure considerably lower in those who eat healthily and exercise regularly. This is because doing so ensures that your heart is not forced to work harder than necessary to pump blood around your body.

Waist

The BMI scale is most commonly used to determine whether someone is overweight or obese. It calculates this figure based on your height and weight. A person of a healthy weight will usually have a BMI between 18.5 and 25, while a figure below this indicates that a person is underweight. A BMI over 25 is categorised as overweight and a figure over 30 indicates obesity.

Bones

Maintaining a healthy weight is also good for your bones, as there is less stress exerted on joints and the lower back. You will also be at a lesser risk of developing gout. As well as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly will help your joints, bones and muscles to stay active, mobile and healthy, meaning you will be less at risk of developing arthritis.

Head

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of high blood pressure, which is known to be a risk factor for causing stroke. Those who are overweight or obese are also more likely to experience feelings of negativity relating to self-image and self-esteem, which can result in emotional and mental problems such as depression.

Nose

Sleep apnoea is a common condition experienced by people who are overweight. This is because the excess fat can place the throat muscles under extra strain. Sleep apnoea can cause trouble breathing and heavy snoring.

Heart

The increased likelihood of high blood pressure that accompanies obesity also increases the risk of heart disease due to the extra strain that is put on the heart to pump blood around the body. Those who are overweight also have an increased risk of high cholesterol and congestive heart failure.

Lungs

Obesity can affect the lungs and reduce their functionality, leading to related problems such as asthma and pulmonary blood clots.

Pancreas

Obesity is known to be a risk factor for pancreatitis. The risk of Type 2 diabetes is also significantly increased when an individual is overweight or obese.

Liver

Obesity is the leading cause of liver disease in Europe. When a person is overweight, the liver cannot cope with the increased levels of fat and so stores it instead of breaking it down. This can cause the liver to become enlarged, and can even lead to cirrhosis.

Gallbladder

Overweight people are known to be at a higher risk of developing gallstones and gallbladder disease.

Lower back

When you are overweight, the extra weight puts your joints under extra pressure, which can cause the cartilage to wear. This stress put on joints such as the hips and knees, as well as the lower back, can cause osteoarthritis. The extra strain placed on the spine can also lead to chronic back pain.

Uterus

Being overweight can lead to a disruption in the supply of oestrogen in the bodies of women, which can affect the functionality of the ovaries. This can further disrupt the ovulation cycle and can even cause infertility.

Feet

Overweight and obese people are four times more likely to develop gout than their normal-weight counterparts.

Obesity Health Complications Tool

Just click the relevant body part to find out how it is affected by obesity.
The average life expectancy in the European Union is 78.7 years.
Obesity can reduce life expectancy by as much as 10 years.

Healthy BMI
18.5 25
OverweightBMI
18.5 -25

Obesity Health Complications Tool

Just click the relevant body part to find out how it is affected by obesity.

The average life expectancy in the European Union is 78.7 years.

Obesity can reduce life expectancy by as much as 10 years.

Healthy BMI: 18.5 - 25

Overweight BMI: 26 - 29

How do I know if I am obese?

In order to distinguish between whether you are overweight or obese, you will need to calculate your body mass index (BMI). This is the standard measurement used to determine a healthy body weight.

The BMI scale calculates whether you are at a healthy weight by determining the ratio between your height and your weight. This figure is then compared to the BMI chart (shown below), which details the various BMI categories and helps you to gauge the category in which you fall.

The BMI calculator is divided into four main categories:

  • Underweight: Below 18.5
  • Normal: 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight: 25 to 29.9
  • Obese: 30 and Above

For most people, the BMI calculator is a suitable indicator as to whether you are indeed categorised as obese.

You can easily calculate your BMI using the calculator below.

What lifestyle choices can treat obesity?

The impact of a healthy diet and a good exercise routine should never be underestimated. It is one of the first things you need to focus on if you are looking to lose weight, and keep it off over the long term.

Exercise and a healthy diet will undoubtedly be good for you, it is advisable to speak to your doctor before starting an exercise routine, as you tend to be more at risk of injuring yourself if you are already obese or overweight. It is very important that any changes in your diet or activity level should be gradual so that it will eventually become part of your daily routine.

Losing weight is always achievable and there are obesity treatments that can help to boost the effectiveness of your weight loss efforts.

What prescription treatments are there for obesity?

Most obesity treatments, including Xenical, work by suppressing your appetite. They achieve this by absorbing 30% of the fat that is consumed per meal and avoiding this fat being taken to your body's fat stores. Because you are less inclined to eat, it will be much easier for you to lose weight while dieting and exercising. Xenical is a fat blocking pill that works in the stomach and the small intestine but is not absorbed into the bloodstream.

Can I order obesity treatments online?

Xenical is available to purchase safely and securely online from euroClinix.net. As it is a prescription only obesity treatment, you are required to fill out a quick consultation form when you place an order. One of our registered doctors can assess whether the medication is right for you and then your medication will be dispatched for next day delivery.

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