Obesity is the term used to describe the accumulation of excess or too much body fat in an individual. Obese individuals are at a greater risk of contracting diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.
HOW IS OBESITY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually carried out by a general physician who will conduct a number of lab tests based on the stool, urine and blood samples of the patient. The doctor will also ask questions pertaining to a family history of the condition as well as the medication that the patient may be taking for other conditions.
HOW IS OBESITY TREATED?
In addition to lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and exercising certain medications could also be prescribed to obese individuals. Diet plans and limiting calorie intake would be recommended by a dietician. In extreme cases weight-loss surgery could be advised.
DID YOU KNOW?
Obesity is the leading cause of mortality and disability in the United States.