Obesity: Causing Health Problems


Excessive fat within our body leads to a condition known as obesity. This fat may be general or localized, but in both cases it is above the limit required for metabolism.

Obesity Information and Key Features

The human body has a complex mechanism that has the function of keeping the body weight constant, this occurs through the control between energy intake and loss (calorie = energy).

The weight of our body is a result of its composition (bones, organs, muscle mass, fluids, fat). Weight loss or gain is mainly linked to changes in our fat deposits.

The most important fats for metabolic functions are stored as triglycerides in deposits composed of adipose tissue.

The proper level of fat is different between men and women. In women, essential fat includes additional fat ranging from 5 to 9%. In men, adequate fat is 12 to 15 percent of their weight, and essential fat can range from 4 to 7 percent.

Essential fat, as its name implies, is essential for both sexes because it is extremely necessary for the physiological balance of our body.

Stored fat is fat that accumulates in adipose tissue (below the skin). It serves as a type of barrier that protects the organs against possible trauma.

Excessive accumulation of fat is very harmful to health, as it can cause diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Its most advanced stage is known as "morbid obesity".

At this stage, the individual has difficulty walking and his circulatory system can no longer carry the necessary nutrients to all parts of the body, since the volume of blood will no longer be sufficient to sustain all this excess.

Did you know?

- October 11 is National Obesity Prevention Day.