Obesity is a condition characterized by having excess body weight. A patient is considered obese when their body weight is at least twenty percent higher than recommended or when their body mass index (BMI) is between twenty-five and 29.9. Obesity is a global problem that increases a patient's risk of developing heart disease, type two diabetes, stroke, hypertension, cancer, respiratory problems, sleep disorders, osteoarthritis, infertility, disability, or premature death.
Eating Too Many Processed Foods
Eating too many processed foods may seem like a no-brainer when it comes to weight gain, but most individuals are unaware of what constitutes processed food. Many foods today are hyper-palatable, which means the food manufacturer loads them up with refined or cheap ingredients containing lots of chemicals to give them a longer shelf life. Because they are inexpensive and taste good, individuals are likely to buy more. Examples of hidden processed foods include granola or fruit bars, cereals, baked goods, candy and sweets, soups, bread, and even some canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.