Are you obese?

Definition of obesity

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height.

How to know whether you are obese?

Examination 1: Physical & weight

If you've always been a normal weight without having to try too hard, you may consider yourself lucky. But the mirror and the scale only tell part of the story: You can look great in a bikini or have a body-mass index (BMI) in the normal range, but if you don't take care of yourself, you could be just as unhealthy as an obese person. This phenomenon sometimes is known as skinny-fat, or "normal-weight obesity".

Despite weight alone can not certainly tell whether you are obese or not, it is the very first vivid sign of obesity symptoms.

Examination 2: Body fat

Weight can be due to muscle, bone, fat and body water. The actual culprit behind obesity is body fat.

"Fat around the middle is worse than fat anywhere else," says Dr. Jialal. "It is where the damage starts in terms of insulin resistance and inflammatory proteins." And this kind of fat doesn't appear all at once, either, so it's easy to ignore. "It should be a warning sign if you're slowly increasing your belt size or your pants start feeling tighter around the waist."

A typical normal scale only can measure weight. But, with the reinvention of the modern smart scale which adapts bioelectrical impedance analysis, enabling the scale to measure body fat easily. PICOOC scale is a smart body fat scale that can connect to PICOOC app in smart phone (iOS/Android) allowing close monitoring of your body fat. Moreover, the app can do trend analysis, peer monitoring and many more. With PICOOC, you will never divert from your weight management resolution.

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Examination 3: Genetics

Are you in a risk population? A 2011 study found that people of South Asian descent are more likely to store excess fat around their internal organs, compared to Caucasian people of the same BMI.

If you are Malaysian then probably you are at risk. Why? See below.

Malaysia- The highest obesity ranking in Southeast Asia

Malaysia is the most obese country in Asia with an obesity rate of more than 44.2 percent.

Those were the findings from British medical journal, The Lancet, which also showed that 49 percent of women and 44 percent of men in this country were found to be obese.

A breakdown of the 2015 National Health and Morbidity survey also found that about 30 per cent of Malaysian adults above the age of 18 were overweight (with a body mass index of 25 and above) and another 17.7 percent were obese (with a BMI of 30 and above). This is a sharp rise from the 4.4 percent of Malaysians classified obese 10 years ago, in 1996.

About 50 per cent of Malaysian citizens is at least overweight or obese, according to Malaysian Health Minister Dr S. Subramaniam.

Terrifying right? Well, if you are observant enough, you probably know out of 10 people that are around you, how likely they are actually close to or being obese. The root of the problem often lies in having unhealthy eating habits and a lack of physical activity.

How would obesity affect you?

Obesity is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Obesity does not kill instantly but the associated diseases developed over time is the fatal one such as heart attack.

There is so many information you could find on the obesity and its associated disease over the internet, it is time to re-think about how we should deal with it before it is too late.

The picture below showed the diseases linked to obesity for adult and children.

Awakening before the doom come

If you are now aware of how serious obesity could affect you, the good news is 'Prevention is better than cure'. Let's act on it before it is too late.

Still having some hesitation ! Perhaps you might consider watching the BBC Three-documentary TV entitled "Obesity: The Post Mortem | Behind the Scenes". It reveals how obesity affect the organs inside the body. After watching the video, you probably stop hesitate anymore, start exercise and controlling your diets to make a difference in your life.

Synopsis of the documentary

It is a documentary that investigates the devastating impact obesity has on the human body, in a UK autopsy first.

  • BBC documentary will show the full effects of obesity on the human body
  • The post mortem is the first in the UK to specifically examine obesity
  • Doctors experienced even cutting through the skin was difficult due to thick layers of greasy fat
  • The body is that of a woman who weighed 17 stone despite being 5ft 5 tall
  • Warning: Need parent guidance. The documentary consists of a lot of post mortem scenes. Video link (if still available to watch - Click here)

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