If you’re extremely obese, losing weight can mean “less heart disease, less diabetes and less cancer”. Metabolic improvement starts to occur when people with extreme obesity lose about 10 percent of their body weight.
Losing weight can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, plasma glucose and sleep apnea. It can also help lower your total cholesterol, triglycerides and raise “good” cholesterol – HDL
Understanding Extreme Obesity
A healthy BMI ranges from 17.5-25kg/m2. If your body mass index is 40 or higher, you’re considered extremely obese(or morbidly obese)
A woman is extremely obese if she is 5 feet, 4inches tall and weighs 235 pounds, making her BMI 40.3kg/m2. To reach a healthy BMI of 24.8, she would have to lose 90 pounds to reach a weight of 145 pounds.
A man is extremely obese if he’s 6 feets, 2inches tall and weighs 315 pounds, making his BMI 40.4kg/m2. To reach a healthy BMI of 25.0, he would need to lose 120 pounds to reach a weight of 195 pounds.
Talk to your doctor about the health benefit and the risk of treatment option for extreme obesity; Change your diet: You may be referred to a dietician who can help you with a plan to lose one to pounds per week. To lose weight, you have to reduce the number of calories you consume. Start by tracking everything you eat.
Consider adding physical activity after reaching a minimum of 10% weight-loss goal.
Medication: Some people can benefit from medication to help with weight loss from extreme obesity. Keep in mind that medication can be expensive and have side effects.
Surgery: If changing your diet, engaging in more physical activity and taking medication haven’t helped to lose enough weight, bariatric or “metabolic” Surgery may be an option. The American Heart Association recommends surgery for those who are healthy enough for the procedure and have been unsuccessful with lifestyle changes and medications. Risks can include infections and potentially dangerous blood clots soon after the operation, and concerns about getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals long-term.
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