Understanding Obesity And Why Screening Is Important

When your body is collecting more calories than it is able to burn, it can eventually cause obesity. This can occur due to unhealthy eating habits, which results in the consumption of too many foods that are high in calories.

But this can also take place as the result of prolonged inactivity from an exercise standpoint. Genetics can also be a factor in determining whether or not your body can effectively burn calories.

Age also emerges as a factor if hormones and the lack of exercise as you become older create increased retention of calories. But regardless of the specifics, obesity is the end result of your body storing more calories than it can burn.

Defining Obesity

According to the Webster Dictionary, obesity is defined as “the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body”. The precise description from the National Institute Of Health is associated with a relationship between your weight and height in the form of a key index that associates body weight to height.

Anyone who is carrying a weight that is above the level of what is normally considered to be the healthy range is categorized as obese. This is based on body mass index, which is also referred to as BMI. Determining your BMI provides a screening tool to determine whether an individual is overweight.

The body mass index involves a person’s weight in kilograms, and the BMI index chart that combines body weight with height toward determining obesity is included here

In the interest of supplying an example, if you are 5′ 9″ tall, and weigh anywhere between 125 and 168 pounds, that would be considered as a healthy weight range for you. However, at that same height, if your weight ranges anywhere between 169 and 202 pounds, then you are considered to be overweight.

If your BMI is below 18.5, then you are actually considered to be underweight. A BMI of 18.5-24.9 is normal, while a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered to be overweight. But if your BMI is 30 or higher, then your classification extends beyond being overweight into being considered as obese. 

The Risks Of Obesity

The risks of obesity are numerous, as anyone who is considered to be overweight can increase the chances of experiencing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and even certain forms of cancer. 

While those conditions are serious in nature, the more comprehensive list of risks that include those significant health concerns provides a more complete understanding of the hazards that can exist from being overweight.

According to the CDC, the list of serious health risks includes:

  • Death
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Certain forms of cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Lowered quality of life
  • Mental illnesses including clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and problems with normal physical functions

Your mental health can also be negatively impacted, as low self-esteem, guilt and depression can occur.

Obesity Screening And Counseling

If you are physically capable of maintaining a regular exercise routine that can be as uncomplicated as walking, and combine this regular activity with healthy eating habits, then this can reduce your chances of becoming obese.

You can undergo screening for obesity, which can include having a doctor review your weight, height, and weight history, while also examining your ongoing habits concerning eating, and exercise. Your waist might also be measured as part of this process. 

If it is determined that you are obese, behavioral counseling can be conducted in order to follow-up on the screening and assist in efforts to improve the situation. This might involve recommendations or an ongoing plan that is designed to reduce your weight, and keep your weight at a healthy level. Follow-up visits are another likely component in the counseling process.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

Fortunately, if you have any concerns or questions about the potential of determining whether your BMI will indicate that you are obese, we provide obesity screening and counseling here at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center.

If you have any questions about obesity screening and counseling, or any questions about any aspect of your health, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients enables them to receive the specific type of care that they prefer, when and how they want it. This include:

  • After Hours Care
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

Our Urgent Care

Of course, At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life threatening.

Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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