Obesity is a condition where an individual is way above the normal weight. Someone is considered to be obese when they have an increased 20% weight above the ideal weight for their body. In order to determine an individual’s ideal weight, it should be calculated based on the person’s age, height, build and sex. Body mass index (BMI) is used to relate an individual’s body weight in relation to their height. Obesity is multifactorial and as such, based on genetics and behavioral factors. Consequently, for the problem to be addressed effectively, it needs more than simple diet changes.
Counseling, exercise and support should be part of the exercise and in some case, use of medication might be suggested as a supplement to the diet in order to help students conquer their weight problems. More often than not, an extreme diet increases obesity and as such, it is not recommended. Obesity contributes to other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and asthma. In addition to this obesity also lowers an individual’s self confidence and they also face different types of physical problems and mental conflict.