Obesity is a condition in which an individual is carrying a high level of excess body fat.
Obesity plays a major factor in the development of other chronic health problems, such as
high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and so on.
To measure body fat, doctors and health specialists calculate the body mass index, which takes into account weight and height.
One in four New Zealanders suffers from obesity (
27.8%) A person is considered obese if their body mass index (BMI) is 30 or above
Obesity increases the risk of developing other health conditions
Causes of obesity can include:
Lack of exercise
Eating processed food or food that is high in fat
Eating more than your body can burn off
Drinking too much alcohol
Medical reasons (e.g. Cushing's syndrome, hypothyroidism or polycystic ovary syndrome)
BMI of 30 and above
Back and joint pain
Treatment for obesity can include:
If you have the above symptoms consult your
Video: How Obesity Affects the Body
Video: The Obesity Epidemic in New Zealand
RESOURCES & SUPPORT
Ministry of Health Ministry of Health Food and Nutrition Guidelines Weight Management FAB Approach Fight the Obesity Epidemic
NHS – Obesity Best Health BMJ – Obesity World Health Organization – Obesity
Journal of the American Medical Association The New England Journal of Medicine British Medical Journal The Lancet
DISCLAIMERThe information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest. We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.
You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your
general practitioner first.
Updated April 2012
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Obesity Waist Circumference