Obesity is a term for the weight of an individual which is greater than that considered healthy for a given height.
Generally obesity results from eating more calories than your body is using.
Other factors may play a role too; for example genetic factors, diseases (for example polycystic ovary syndrome and Cushing’s disease) and drugs (for example steroids).
Being obese increases the risk of certain diseases:
- Coronary heart disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Sleep problems
It therefore is important to help people with obesity to tackle the problem. This would involve diet and exercise but may also involve taking medicines to help weight loss and sometimes even surgery.
there are specialists in managing obesity. These specialists usually are endocrinologists.