What is Obesity?

Obesity is characterized by excess or abnormal body fat that can impair your health. Many organizations including the Canadian Obesity Network,

Obesity is characterized by excess or abnormal body fat that can impair your health. Many organizations including the Canadian Obesity Network, the Canadian Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the World Health Organization now define obesity to be a chronic disease similar to diabetes or high blood pressure. It is defined as a neurobehavior disorder with a BMI (body mass index) of more than 30.

Many people believe that the amount of fat in your body is only determined by what you eat and how much you exercise. But the reality is that obesity is a complex and chronic illness caused by a number of different factors, including your environment, genes, hormonal, emotional health, lack of sleep, medical problems like sleep apnea or even some medications you may be on. Even with the same diet or the same amount of exercise, people will vary widely in the amount of body fat or weight at which their bodies settle.

Obesity is considered a chronic disease because managing obesity is a lifelong process with the help of your healthcare provider. This is because your body tries to “defend” its fat stores to maintain your highest weight (this is what researchers call “starvation response”). The medical profession is beginning to understand how we can help people to manage and attain their “best weight” which is the weight where you feel optimum health and wellness and can sustain for the rest of your life.

66% of Canadians and 165 million Americans are either overweight or considered obese (far more than people living with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, chronic lung disease or cancer). We are especially concerned about this epidemic which is now affecting our children.

MediMax Health Center can help people get to a BMI index of less than 30. A new technology called SculpSure, fat destroying laser, is non-invasive and can target resistant fat deposit areas that do not respond to regular exercise and diet. For a free complimentary consultation, please call our office at (604) 217-1827 or (778) 779-5640 or email jwest1000@gmail.com.

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