Why Obesity is a Problem?
The statistics are glaring, each day we hear more about “obesity” and the problems with being “overweight” but what does this all mean when it comes to everyday living and health?
What is the meaning of obesity?
First thing’s first, what’s the difference between the medical classifications of “obese” and “overweight”? The World Health Organization (WHO)* defines “overweight” as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25, and “obesity” is considered when the BMI is greater than or equal to 30.
What is my BMI (Body Mass Index)?
If you are curious about your Body Mass Index (BMI), we offer a free BMI calculator on our home page at Bariatrics Health Mexico. Your BMI is also helpful to be aware of if you are considering weight loss surgery in Mexico. You can calculate your BMI manually by dividing your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in meters (m). Take the answer to that and divide it again by your height, the final number is your BMI. If you don’t want to do all of those conversions, simply follow the link to Bariatrics Health Mexico and plug in your data. As an example, a person who is 5 feet, 5 inches and weighs 160 pounds has a BMI of 26.62 which is considered medically, “overweight”.
Are you wondering: “How did I become overweight?”, “What can I do to stop the cycle and take back control of my life, my weight, and my future?”, or: “Should I consider weight loss surgery or gastric bypass surgery?” Our team of bariatric surgery experts and nutritionists at Bariatrics Health Mexico** are here to help you.
What causes obesity and an overweight classification?
There are many lifestyle choices as well as genetics that can play a role in obesity and being overweight. The primary solution is fixing / adjusting the imbalance between calories consumed versus calories burned, also known as, “Calories In, Calories Out”.
- Eat more calories than you burn = weight gain.
- Eat less calories than you burn = weight loss.
As an aside, weight loss can also be affected by exercise, since exercise gives you muscle mass and muscle mass (no matter how small) burns more calories than fat throughout the day (muscle mass even burns calories while sitting at a desk and not exercising!).
Calories In, Calories Out is the most effective and basic weight loss method to remember. If you are considering weight loss surgery in Mexico, it will be important for both pre and post weight loss surgery practices to maintain a recommended calorie intake in this way.
Try a 5-day Food Log
A great experiment to try is to track your food for 5 days = not change, simply track. You can download a free app on your phone in order to log the food that you eat throughout the day. Or, if you prefer pen and paper, carry a small notebook as a food log to write down each and every piece of food that crosses your lips. We recommend keeping this food log for 5 days.
This food log is also a great tool to bring into your weight loss surgery consultation with Dr. Sergio del Hoyo at Bariatrics Health Mexico. Document your food intake without shame - and with the purpose of knowing that this is the ‘former you’ and the ‘future you’ will be thinner, brighter, with more energy, and happier!
Obesity is Preventable
There is hope! The road to health can be difficult for some and easier for others, only you can make the choice to change your life and once you make that choice, we’re here at Bariatrics Health Mexico to help you take the next step. Our professional staff and recognized bariatric surgeon, Dr. Sergio del Hoyo, are here to answer your questions and help you decide the next best step in your journey to health and happiness.
Weight Loss Surgery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
We are optimally located in one of the most famous destinations for medical tourism: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on the west coast of Mexico. You can quickly and easily request an online consultation and talk with our staff prior to visiting Puerto Vallarta to make sure that you are a good fit for weight loss surgery and to see all of the weight loss options we offer.
We look forward to meeting you and hearing your story so that we can help you write a better ending!