Android Obesity: Causes, Treatment and Prevention: Nowadays obesity is becoming a serious problem, it is found in people of almost all ages, right from children. According to a report in the Times of India, India is among the top 5 countries in the world suffering from obesity.(1)
About 102 million people here suffer from overweight, who are much more likely to suffer from other diseases.
However, the World Health Organization has ordered 11th October every year to be celebrated as World Obesity Day to provide maximum information about the problem to the people. Obesity can be classified into two major part i.e., android obesity and gynoid obesity.
Nevertheless, if you do not know much about android obesity, you must read this article because we have given the necessary information about this problem.
What is Android Obesity?
Android obesity is a case in a obese person in which excess body fat is deposited in the abdominal area of the body due to which the size of the body appears like an apple shaped. In this case, the fat distribution of the human body is mainly concentrated in the chest area, shoulders and even the part of the neck.
It has been seen to be more common in men than women. The result of Android obesity also includes heart and cardiovascular complications.
Causes of Android Obesity.
Android obesity is caused by many genetic and environmental factors. This is a major effect of hereditary factors. If there is a family history, the chances of getting Android obesity increase continuously over generations.
Individuals who should weigh 20% more than that are considered obese. If a person has a body mass index of 30 or more, he has Android obesity.
Apart from these factors other causes of android obesity includes:
- Lack of physical activity.
- Excessive food intake.
- Poor lifestyle.
- Neurological problems.
- Hormonal disorders.
- Slow metabolism.
- High Blood sugar level.
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What Are The Characteristics of Android Obesity?
Android fat distribution mainly characterized the distribution of human fat tissue in areas such as around the buttocks and upper body, stomach, chest, shoulder and back of the neck. This pattern can lead to “apple-shaped” body or central obesity, and it is more common in men than women.
Android Obesity Health Risk.
Among all types of obesity the android obesity is one of the most dangerous. The risk factors of android obesity are:
- Many cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, stroke, myocardial infarction etc.
- Starting of type 2 diabetes.
- Development of liver diseases like hepatitis, steatosis.
- Certain respiratory conditions including sleep apnea.
Other than this the people suffering from android obesity are generally prone to shortness of breath, fatigue and many joint problems.
Diagnosis of Android Obesity.
To diagnose obesity, the doctor can usually take the help of a physical test and some other tests. These tests can usually include the following:
Health History Information – The doctor will learn about the health history of the person to diagnose the problem of obesity, its causes and ask some questions about the daily routine.
A General Physical Test – In physical examination doctor will measure the height of the person, check heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and check the stomach.
Calculating BMI – The doctor will examine the body mass index (BMI) and diagnose obesity. BMI 30 or more indicates obesity. Individuals should get their BMI checked at least once a year.
Checking Other Health Problems – If the doctor is likely to have other health problems, the doctor may recommend other tests to diagnose these problems. These problems includes hypertension and diabetes.
Blood Test – Blood tests can diagnose the problem of obesity, depending on the symptoms blood tests may include the following, such as:
- Cholesterol Test.
- Liver Function Test.
- Fasting Glucose Test
- Thyroid testing etc.
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Treatment of Android Obesity.
If a person is suffering from obesity or overweight, he should adopt appropriate measures to treat this problem. People who are unable to lose weight or obesity should seek medical help.
Doctors can help you to reduce obesity as follows:
Lifestyle And Behavioural Changes.
Dietitian can provide information on balanced and better diet intake to reduce obesity. In addition, exercise and physical activities that help in reducing obesity can also be recommended. Doctors can also help in dealing with cases of depression or emotional inferiority complex.
The doctor may also recommend some obesity reduction drugs in addition to healthy food and exercise plans. These drugs are usually recommended when other weight loss methods are not effective.
Weight loss drugs either prevent the absorption of fat or act as a loss of appetite. Regular use of these medicines may lead to some side effects. Therefore, these medicines should be used only on the advice of the doctor.
Weight loss can also be done through surgery, commonly called bariatric surgery. Surgery for weight loss is recommended only to people who have a BMI of 40 or more.
The condition of BMI above 40 is dangerous condition of obesity. After this type of surgery, there is a need to improve lifestyle and food, so that the body gets a limited amount of calories and fat.
Surgical options include:-
- Gastric Bypass Surgery.
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB).
- Gastric sleeve – In this process, part of the stomach is removed.
How To Prevent Android Obesity?
People can succeed in reducing their obesity and avoiding obesity by adopting certain home remedies or changing their diet. Let us know about some of the measures to prevent obesity:
Exercise Regularly To Avoid Obesity.
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Everyone should eat a balanced diet regularly to stay healthy. Normally a person needs 1200 to 1800 calories of energy, if more calories are consumed, it gradually accumulates as fat and the person starts getting obese.
Special attention should be paid to low intake of foods that are high in fat and high in calories. Do not consume too much sweets or too much alcohol. Include things in your diet that are beneficial in promoting proper weight and good health.
Monitor Your Weight Regularly.
One should check his weight regularly to avoid the problem of obesity. People who try to reduce obesity must check for weight once a week. Regular weight check helps in ascertaining how successful a person is in losing weight or how much weight to lose.
Certainly, android obesity is spreading rapidly around the world, leading to its patient appearance. This is a matter of great concern on which governments around the world are taking steps at their own level.
Nevertheless, it is the duty of all people to share the information about android obesity on their part with as many people as possible so that they do not have any android obesity dilemma.
Thus, we hope that reading this article may have been useful for you and the information in it will be beneficial for all of you.
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