In order to find a balance between teaching our patients and seeming unduly harsh, we are very delicate when discussing obesity in today's culture.

We spend time in our orthopaedic practice to make sure that everyone, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability, is aware of the dangers of carrying too much weight on both their orthopaedic joints (joints, for example) and overall health (such as diabetes and heart disease).

As healthcare experts, we understand how critical it is for everyone, men and women alike, to feel at ease in their own skin and be confident in who they are and how they appear. In this perspective, being at ease with oneself entails assisting people in realising that their bodies will not always resemble those of photographic models or even other "normal" people. We are all made differently, and we respond to calorie intake, exercise, and lifestyles in different ways. Some (fortunate) people, for example, were born with extremely efficient metabolisms; nevertheless, many of us are not. Understanding that, while we may never be as skinny as others, we may be extremely comfortable in our own skin is a vital step toward healthy confidence. Obesity is not validated by being at ease in your own skin, according to medical standards.

Obesity has traditionally been described as a weight that is at least 20% higher than the weight that corresponds to the lowest death rate for people of a certain height, gender, and age (the "ideal" weight).

A more detailed breakdown of definitions was as follows:

  • - Mildly obese: 20-40% over optimum body weight

  • - Obese to a moderate degree: 40 to 99 percent of one's optimum weight.

  • - Obese to the point of being morbidly obese: a weight that is 100 percent or more above the optimum weight.

  • - BMI is a measurement used in more contemporary obesity guidelines (Body Mass Index).

The BMI (Body Mass Index) is a set of health guidelines that

  • - Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25.9-29.

  • - Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.

  • The measuring and comparison of waist and hip circumferences is another approach of determining healthy body size guidelines. In general, the larger the ratio, the higher the risk of weight-related health problems.

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