HEALTH: How Harmful Is Excessive Body Weight and Obesity ?

Airtel Nigeria Call services
How harmful is excessive body weight and Obesity ?
How harmful is excessive body weight and Obesity ?
Social sharing

We all must have heard that being overweight or worse, morbidly obese can be detrimental to your health and quality of life.

The answer: very detrimental.

It’s so bad that the average medical student when asked to write down factors for any disease condition, you heard me right, any disease condition at all, will write down obesity if he doesn’t remember any other thing, and he’ll be correct more than 80% of the time.

80% of all non-infective disease condition are directly or indirectly associated with obesity and excessive body weight. From the common Type 2 diabetes Melitus, to the also common high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, to gynaecology conditions such as fibroids, polycystic ovary disease, even breast cancer.

You talk about childbirth complications and you can’t leave out obesity as a very important predisposing factor, mention child birth complications like gestational diabetes, eclampsia and pre-eclampsia which are very deadly complications in child birth, in lay man terms you can call them seizures in pregnancy.

If you have ever witnessed someone having a fit(a seizure) then the mental picture of a woman close to the 9th month of her pregnancy having a seizure should scare you.

How harmful is excessive body weight and Obesity ?
How harmful is excessive body weight and Obesity ?

I’ve witnessed one myself, the it’s one of the most gruesome scene I’ve seen all my life. As if that’s not enough, the health of the child can be tremendously affected by the weight of the mother, some congenital disorders in the newly born babies are strongly linked to maternal Obesity, life threatening conditions like congenital heart defects (hole in the heart and others) and neural tube defects (disorders of the spine in new born babies) to mention but a few.

READ ALSO  Coronavirus: Why Africa Has Least Cases, Deaths In The World – WHO Reveals

We can write a full page essay on effects of maternal weight on pregnancy outcome alone.

Obesity is a major predisposing factor for type 2 diabetes which is a major cause of erectile dysfunction in men. Obesity is linked to gout, osteoarthritis, stroke, gallstones and other gall bladder diseases and research has shown a link between obesity cancers such as colon cancer, some oesophageal cancers, cancers of the uterus, kidneys and gall bladder.

We’ve definitely painted obesity as a monster without saying what obesity is and secondly it will be worthy of note that not all obese or overweight individuals will suffer these health conditions but there chances of developing such disease conditions will be greatly decreased if they loose weight.

So what does it mean to be obese or overweight. It’s doesn’t necessarily mean being fat though it’s not possible to be slim and overweight at the same time. Obesity is body mass index above 30. If your body mass index is between 25-30 then you’re overweight..

Body mass index is the relationship between your height and weight. It’s calculated but dividing your weight in meters by your height in meters squared.

Body mass index
Body mass index

Body mass index between 18.5 and 25 is normal. Below 18.5 is underweight, which has its own health complications.

How Detrimental is obesity and overweight, I bet you can answer that question now by yourself.

The way forward is simply lifestyle modification, exercise and dieting basically. That will be the topic of do for another day.

By Anike Chukwu Ebuka Malcom – 9News Nigeria

About 9News Nigeria 6811 Articles
9News Nigeria, Global Breaking News Platform, News from Nigeria, News from Africa, Nigerian News, African News

15 Comments on HEALTH: How Harmful Is Excessive Body Weight and Obesity ?

  1. Very informative! The need for daily exercises and great dieting can never be over emphasized. Not just for the body but also for a sharper, clearer mind and stronger person.

Leave your comment

UBA Bank
  • Blackface hits 2face again, says, when I was singing “Hard Life” 2face was busy singing, “I dey feel like Obasanjo”

    Social sharing

    Social sharing Dance hall king, Austin Amedu has come hard on his former band mate, 2face Idbia over his stand on the ongoing nationwide protest Read more

  • Out Now: Chima Chill – ‘No Sleeping’ Feat. Everybody loves Josh (Video)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingFast – rising talented artiste, Nwachukwu Kelvin Chima a.k.a Chima Chill, who hails from Enugu State and based in Lagos has released his first Read more

  • #EndSars: Nollywood celebrity Charles Okafor joins protests, urges youths to remain peaceful (Video)

    #EndSars: Nollywood celebrity Charles Okafor joins protests, urges youths to remain peaceful (Video)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingNollywood celebrity Charles Okafor has joined in the throngs of Nigerian super celebrities who for the interest of the country have joined forces with Read more

  • Popular Singer, Davido Officially Signs LIYA As DMW’s First Lady (Photos)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingFollowing months of searching for a lady who could possibly follow the footsteps of Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade or even DJ Cuppy and a Read more

  • 2020 MTV EMA: Burna Boy, Rema Nominated For Best African Act

    Social sharing

    Social sharingMTV announced nominations for the 2020 MTV EMAs, and Nigerian singers Burna Boy and Rema have been nominated for the Best African Act. BET Read more

%d bloggers like this: