OBESITY: THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Obesity is a complex health issue resulting from a combination of causes and individual factors such as behavior and genetics. Behaviors can include physical activity, inactivity, dietary patterns, medication use, and other exposures. Additional contributing factors include the food and physical activity environment, education and skills, and food marketing and promotion.
Obesity is serious because it is associated with poorer mental health outcomes and reduced quality of life. Obesity is also associated with the leading causes of death in the United States and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.
CAUSES OF OBESITY
Family inheritance and influences
Certain diseases and medications
Social and economic issues
People with obesity are more likely to develop a number of potentially serious health problems, including:
Heart diseases and strokes
Type 2 diabetes
Gynecological and sexual problems
EFFECTS OF OBESITY
Obesity can diminish your overall quality of life. You may not be able to do things you used to do, such as participating in enjoyable activities. Other weight-related issues that may affect your quality of life include:
- Sexual problems
- Shame and guilt
- Social isolation
- Lower work achievement
THE PHYSICAL THERAPY ROLE
There are many reasons why some people have difficulty avoiding obesity. Usually, obesity results from a combination of inherited factors, combined with the environment and personal diet and exercise choices.
The good news is that even modest weight loss can improve or prevent the health problems associated with obesity. Dietary changes, increased physical activity and behavior changes can help you lose weight. Prescription medications and weight-loss procedures are additional options for treating obesity. Physiotherapists work as part of a health care team to provide guidance for a safe and monitored exercise program to improve physical fitness and assist in weight loss. Others members of this team may include physicians, dieticians, psychologists and others.
Vigorous physical activity requires a large amount of effort and causes rapid breathing and a significant increase in heart rate. This type of exercise is shown to improve overall health, increase muscle strength, and build self-esteem. Examples of vigorous activities suitable for children include;
- body weight-lifting exercises
- rope skipping and jumping
- sit-ups and push-ups
PCA has world-class exercise equipment and environment, and a customized plan just for you.
You can visit any of our centers to register your child or anyone.
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