WHAT IS OBESITY?
Excessive accumulation of body fat beyond normal limits is known as obesity. Because this is too important a public health issue be left to the eye of the beholder, society as a whole has chosen certain parameters that would accurately identify those affected by this condition. Between the normal individual and the obese patient is a condition of being “overweight”. As body weight increases, health deteriorates progressively. Diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, sleep apnea, heart conditions, gallstones, hernias and even cancers are more common in the obese. Then, the implications of obesity go far beyond trouser sizes and cosmetic vanity.