What is Obesity?

Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases risks of health problems, particularly excessive abdominal fat (visceral fat). Obesity is diagnosed when your body mass index or BMI (distribution of body mass in proportion to height) is 30 or greater or when waist girth is equal to or greater than 35 inches woman and 40 inches men.

Although there are genetic, behavioral, metabolic and hormonal influences on body weight, obesity occurs when you take in more calories than you burn through exercise and normal daily activities. Your body stores these excess calories as fat. Most Americans' diets are too high in calories — often from fast food and high-calorie beverages. People with obesity might eat more calories before feeling full, feel hungry sooner, or eat more due to stress or anxiety.

Aside from health deterioration, obesity can diminish your overall quality of life and lead to depression, disability, sexual problems, shame, guilt, isolation, and poor work habits. 

We have control of our health as it relates to obesity and the diseases it causes.

Ways to prevent and reverse obesity:

Eat Healthier- foods that are lower in sugar and saturated fats and higher in vitamins and minerals

  • 150 to 300 mins of exercise per week

  • Increase physical activity

  • Get support

  • Be consistent

  • Reduce stress

  • Burn more calories than you take in

  • Monitor your weight regularly


Obesity is a complex disease and should be treated immediately due to the strain and stress it puts on our body and its operating systems. If you are concerned about weight related health issues ask your doctor about management/treatment options or e-mail us at info@healmississippi.com .