There are several obesity-related health conditions that are associated with obesity and with a BMI of 38.6.
These conditions often lead to a decreased quality of health and life of those affected. Below you will find a list of obesity-related conditions. It is important to talk with your doctor about these conditions.
Cancer involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that have mutated from normal tissues. These cells prevent normal function of vital organs, damaging essential systems.
Diabetes is a life-long disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. It can be caused by too little insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar), resistance to insulin, or both.
Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to your neck or throat.
- Gallbladder disease
Gallbladder disease includes inflammation, infection, stones, or obstruction of the gallbladder.
- Heart disease
Heart disease is any disorder that affects the heart’s ability to function normally. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart.
- High cholesterol
Lipid disorders are when you have excess fatty substances in your blood. These substances include cholesterol and triglycerides. Having a lipid disorder makes you more likely to develop arteriosclerosis and heart disease.
- High blood pressure
Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is when your blood pressure frequently goes over 140/90 mm Hg.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease causing deterioration of the joint and the formation of new bone at the margins of the joints.
Both BMI and a measure of fat distribution (waist circumference) are important in calculating the risk of obesity co-morbidities. However, amongst the severely obese, waist circumference adds little to the absolute measure of risk provided by BMI.
Severely obsese treatment
If you have a BMI of 38.6 your risk of weight-related health problems and even death, is severe.
When a person is classified as severely obese, deciding how to treat this condition requires a serious approach. See your doctor and reduce your weight to a lower BMI.
Each treatment differs from person to person, as there is no one treatment for obesity. It is important to first talk with your physician about your weight, if you have not already engaged in that conversation. Your physician can best diagnose your weight issue and give you the options according to your health and lifestyle. It is important to work with your doctor in this journey.
There are several methods available to address severe obesity. You will find that treatment strategies for severe obesity mirror that of treating general obesity. However, it is important to note that treating severe obesity often takes a more aggressive approach, which includes bariatric surgery.
Behavior plays a large role in obesity.
Changing your behaviors or habits related to food and physical activity is important for losing weight.
- Change eating habits.
Many foods contribute to excess calorie intake.
- Increase physical activity.
Increasing or initiating a physical activity program is an important aspect in managing obesity.
Today’s society has developed a very sedentary lifestyle and routine physical activity can greatly impact your health.
- Become educated about the body and how to nourish it appropriately.
- Engage in a support group or extracurricular activity.
- Set realistic goals.
While a healthy weight loss program may not be the fastest way to lose weight, it can be a consistent and reliable approach to weight loss.
Comprehensive weight loss programs will help you lose weight and control your weight over the long term by addressing:
- Psychological Factors:
For some individuals psychological factors will contribute to an inability to lose weight including emotional issues, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and trauma.
- Biological Factors:
The biological factors that contribute to obesity and weight gain can include a genetic predisposition to gain weight, certain medicines or medical conditions, and dietary problems.
Additionally, co-occurring eating disorders can contribute to obesity including emotional eating or binge eating disorder. Addressing disordered eating patterns, will provide lasting results and help you achieve complete wellness.
- Social Factors:
Social factors that may be related to weight gain and should be addressed during obesity treatment include relationship issues with friends, family, or co-workers as well as feelings of loneliness.
Fat predominantly distributed around the waist is also a risk factor for health complications such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. Fat predominantly deposited around the hips and buttocks doesn’t have this same risk.