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Is Obesity a disease or a condition?

There is still some debate in the medical community about this. And that’s largely because the term disease itself is too wide, and open to a variety of interpretation. Some organizations like the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association consider obesity to be a disease. The logic is that there are certain diseases (such as Hypothyroidism) that lead to weight gain too, and so there’s no reason why obesity shouldn’t be considered a disease too. On the other hand, those who insist that obesity is a condition, say that there is no clear and precise way to measure or calculate obesity (a necessary condition for disease), that certain factors like heredity cannot be controlled (even with medical treatment) and that lifestyle & diet changes alone can sometimes be sufficient to ‘cure’ obesity (which, then, cannot make it technically a disease).


What are the effects and symptoms of obesity?

While the first few kilograms of extra fat won’t matter much health-wise, once they keep piling on, they will bring with them distress and unease in various forms. Some of the changes being overweight or obese brings into your life and lifestyle may not be apparent at first – such as a rise in blood pressure, increased cholesterol or diabetes – making the malady even more dangerous.


Some of the symptoms of being overweight and obese are:

  • Sweating more than usual
  • Snoring at night
  • Breathless-ness
  • Feeling of exhaustion after physical activity
  • Feeling of fatigue and tiredness all day
  • Mental issues such as low self esteem – with in turn can cause harm professionally and in the sphere of personal relationships


How to prevent and control obesity in children?

India has the second highest number of obese children in the world, right after China. Prevention of obesity should begin in early childhood, since the condition can get a lot harder to treat later on in life. Sometimes, it’s not apparent that a child is overweight, and this is where a professional check of his or her BMI becomes important.

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The concept of controlling obesity revolves around the idea of weight management. For kids and children, preventing obesity is all about:

  • Breast-feeding infants – this is been proven to keep obesity in check
  • Regulating potion size during mealtimes
  • Ensuring they eat only when hungry
  • Eating healthy foods as a family
  • Drinking more water (instead of sweetened drinks, juices and shakes)
  • Checking the habit of eating-out too frequently – and controlling the kind of food that’s ordered at a restaurant.
  • Developing healthy habits like regulated mealtimes, ensuring adequate sleep, controlling time spent on TV and video games and making sure children get plenty of outdoor exercise

  • Setting a role model as an adult

How to prevent and control obesity in adults?

Controlling obesity is vital, since it can lead to critical problems if left unchecked. For adults, obesity and becoming overweight can be kept at bay via:

  • Eating whole foods (such as whole wheat bread and brown rice) instead of processed food (such as saturated fat, white sugar and refined flour)

  • Including plenty of fruits and vegetables in one’s daily diet
  • Controlling portion size
  • Avoiding food with high ‘energy density’ (ie, a high calorie count packed inside a relatively small quantity of food) such as cheese, sweets, desserts, chocolates, sugary drinks and fried foods

  • Exercising regularly – whether it is brisk walking, jogging, skipping, aerobics, outdoor sports or just a quick walk around the workplace premises once every 2 hours

  • Following a diet and calorie chart prepared by professional nutritionists or dieticians

  • Watching one’s weight regularly and taking precautions instantly if weight increases

  • Consulting a behaviour counsellor.


What are the tests and treatments for treating obesity?

Obesity treatment comprises a physical check-up, a study of medical and weight history, an appraisal of weight loss efforts and results, mental tests, measurement of heart and pressure levels, calculating BMI and so on. Depending on the results, the physician or test centre may prescribe an appropriate treatment.

STAY SAFE, BE SURE: House of Diagnostics offers a suite of affordable, accurate and quick tests for checking obesity and over-weight factors – as well as the detection and diagnosis of its various possible diseases. You can book a Consultation and Test for yourself – or someone else who needs help – in just a few clicks here.


Obesity Tests and Health Packages


Obesity Pannel:

DEXA DEXA Total Body + Fat
ECG Electrocardiogram
Blood Tests Free Thyroid Test [FT3, FT4, TSH]HbA1cLFT- Liver Function TestKFT – Kidney Function TestLipid ProfileVitamin D (Total, 25-OH)BS FastingCBC
Urine Tests Urine Routine/Microscopic Tests


Obesity Profile: 

DEXA DEXA Total Body + Fat
ECG Electrocardiogram
Thyroid Profile [Free]: FT3, FT4, TSH
HbA1c 90-Day Average Blood Sugar
LFT – Liver Function Test SGOT, SGPT, Total Protein, Total Bilirubin, Direct Bil., Indirect Bil., Alk. Phosp., GGT, Albumin, Globulin
KFT – Kidney Function Test Urea, Creatinine, Uric Acid, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride
Lipid Profile Total Cholesterol, HDL Chol., Triglycerides, LDL Chol., VLDL Chol., Ratios
Sugar Blood sugar (Fasting)
Vitamin D (Total, 25-OH)
CBC Hemoglobin, Platelet Count, TLC (WBC), Total RBC, DLC% [Neutro, Mono, Lympho, Eosino, Baso], Absolute DLC Counts, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW-CV.
Urine Tests  Urine Routine/Microscopic Tests


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