Most people have a fuzzy picture at best of the difference between “overweight” and “obese”. They do both begin with “O” and they both carry inherent health risks if you suffer from either, but they are not the same. People that the health care field would qualify as simply overweight usually benefit significantly from dietary changes and exercise as well as any drug therapies a doctor may prescribe. Obesity differs not only in the amount of weight being carried but is the classification used by doctors when the diet, activity and drug therapies have not worked for whatever reasons and weight continues to balloon ever upward. Along with that are the very serious health risks including diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and even death.
There is a common measurement used universally to determine obesity called the Body Mass Index, or BMI. The ratio of weight to the square of height in metric units is how an individual’s BMI is determined, with a normal or average BMI being anywhere from 19.5 BMI to 25 BMI. A Body Mass Index from 26 to 30 qualifies as overweight while a measurement over 30 BMI indicates obesity, with 35 and above classified as morbidly obese. The main issue involved in the obesity diagnosis then becomes primarily one of serious health complications that need addressed.
Hypertension or high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, several types of cancers, and stroke risks increase substantially for those with such a high BMI and surgical intervention may be called for. Your family physician should be the first one consulted, as this is not a decision best made without doctor’s advice. Many factors are contributing to the overall increase in the instance of an obesity diagnosis throughout our societies. Concerned when dietary changes and drug therapy are not having the desired effect of weight loss occurring, more people are turning to Bariatric surgical procedures for immediate help to reduce their health risks.
If Bariatric Surgery is your choice of health care, you may find the procedure is financially out of your reach due to high health care costs in your country, or perhaps the waiting time to schedule such weight loss procedural surgery is far longer than anticipated. There are options available to you. Perhaps Medical Tourism may be your solution to better health.