What are overweight and obesity?
Overweight and obesity are defined by health care providers using the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a ratio of your weight to your height.
Overweight people are those with a BMI of 25 to 30. Obesity is characterised as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. You can use the NIH external link to calculate your BMI to see if you are overweight, obese, or severely obese, all of which can raise your risk of health problems. Your health care provider can assess the risk that your weight poses to you.
Health Benefits of Losing Weight
- blood pressure,
- lipid levels (fats), and
- glucose (blood sugar)
- Losing three to five percent of your body weight can reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Obese adults have twice the risk of high blood pressure as non-obese adults.
- Your risks of having arthritis increase by nine to thirteen percent for every two pounds you gain.
- This adds another four pounds of pressure to your knees for every two pounds you acquire. Overweight people are more likely to experience knee pain.
- Obese older persons have a reduced muscular mass. They’re more likely to tumble and break bones as a result of this.
- Overweight people are more likely to die or have major complications during surgery.
How Quickly Do Weight Loss Medications Work?
The majority of persons who take weight-loss drugs lose one to two pounds every week on average. Weight loss drugs, of course, work best when combined with other healthy lifestyle modifications such as eating healthy meals and exercising regularly.
Within weeks, the majority of patients begin to lose weight. If you don’t lose more than 5% of your body weight in 12 weeks, your doctor may discontinue prescribing these Medications and recommend a different treatment strategy.
How Long Will I Need to Take Medication?
You may need to take weight reduction drugs for years, depending on your health and weight loss objectives. The FDA has approved these medications for long-term usage since obesity is a chronic illness.