Weight Loss

In the United States, adult obesity has been climbing for decades, and it’s far more common than many people realize. In fact, one of the offshoots of this increase in obesity is a relative normalization of being overweight, so many who find themselves in this category when visiting a doctor for a BMI (Body Mass Index) reading would have only considered themselves slightly overweight before that adult obesity diagnosis.

Being overweight can lead to a plethora of health problems and it’s something you must take seriously.

The rise in heart disease is closely related to obesity, and it is now the number one cause of death in the United States – overtaking cancer. Some adult obesity symptoms to watch out for include:

  • High blood pressure
  • The onset of Type 2 diabetes
  • Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Breathing disorders
  • Joint pain
  • Increased risk of certain types of cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction

Obesity Risk Factors

Obesity does not just come from eating unhealthy foods or not going for a run often enough, as many people assume. Along with the adult obesity symptoms, it’s important to know what risk factors you may have and what types of things contribute to the condition. They include:

  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Not sleeping enough
  • Giving up smoking
  • Economic issues
  • An unhealthy overall lifestyle
  • Your metabolic rate
  • Your genetic makeup
  • Your health history
  • An unhealthy diet
  • A lack of exercise
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Experiencing certain medical conditions and/or taking specific medications