The morbid obesity refers to patients who are 50 - 100% above their ideal body weight. In other words, a BMI (body mass index) value greater than 39 may be used to diagnose morbid obesity. Morbid obesity can cause certain health problems like: Diabetes, Hypertension Heart disease, Stroke, Certain cancers including breast and colon cancer, Depression and Osteoarthritis. The common cause that comes into contrast are: Excessive caloric intake, thyroid disorders, lack of physical activity. Other factors, such as stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep, can lead to weight gain. People who quit smoking often experience temporary weight gain. Women may also have trouble losing the weight they gain during pregnancy or gain additional weight during menopause. These rarely lead to morbid obesity by themselves, but can be a contributing factor. The most effective way to lose weight is to adopt healthy eating habits, exercise routines, and stress management techniques. Regular exercise and healthy eating are important, and even modest weight loss will improve your health. It is also important to learn stress management tools that can be used in place of overeating or snacking during stressful times. Surgery may also be an option to treat obesity if one have tried other methods for losing weight but have not been successful in maintaining long-term weight loss. It can often help reduce the risk of other diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea) that are associated with severe obesity.
Surgery can cause complications, and one should talk to doctor to determine if this is an option. There are two common types of weight-loss (bariatric) surgeries: Laparoscopic gastric bypass, Gastric bypass surgery.
Last date updated on September, 2014