The Shocking Dangers of Morbid Obesity

By Reas Johnson

Morbid obesity is global. Most developed countries have seen a marked increase in the number of individuals that are reported to be morbidly obese. It has become a major scourge of modern society; a symptom reflecting the underlying ills of the modern world.

Morbid obesity is a complex condition. In many ways it represents the strange juxtaposition of our developing cultural environment; that of excess and poverty.

Many different factors contribute to the development of the condition in individuals. Genetics plays a part, so does the environment, behaviour, personality and social economic status. Morbid obesity is a difficult entity to pinpoint and hold down. It is often very difficult to isolate the reasons behind any particular case.

But what are the consequences of the condition? How does it impact on an individual?

Morbid obesity is an extremely serious disease, resulting from an imbalance between energy intake (in the form of foods) and energy expenditure. Morbidly obese people are defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more. They are also described as individuals carrying 100 pounds or more of excess weight. This is an incredible amount of extra mass to carry around. In most cases the body gives up its struggle to maintain the condition and as result a number of medical complications begin to appear.

Morbid obesity represents the extreme of obesity. It is a condition that has an unrivalled number of medical complications related to it. The excess weight carried by the morbidly obese causes so much stress to the cells of the body, that every major organ is affected.

A morbidly obese individual might not display any obvious health problems. They may even lead something close to normal lives. But they are a walking medical time bomb. At any moment anything can go suddenly and drastically wrong. From having a stroke, to having a cardiac arrest anything is possible if you are morbidly obese. Morbidly obese individuals are more likely to suffer from diabetes and hypertension which are major contributors to cardiovascular disease.

Other medical conditions related to condition includes, respiratory abnormalities, gastro-intestinal disease, arthritis, neurological disorders and a whole host of cancers.

Morbid obesity is a very serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. If you think that you are morbidly obese seek medical advice as soon as possible and start making some effective lifestyle changes. Don’t wait until it’s too late before starting to make the changes that can save your life.

Reas Johnson loves writing about popular health related issues.
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