Morbid Obesity



Morbid obesity refers to a serious health condition when the individuals fail to control his or her obesity problem. It is being determined by a method named BMI (Body mass index). BMI is defined by measuring two major factors in the human body. These are –


  1. Height
  2. Weight


Comparison or ratio between height and weight is the way to measure BMI. The standard range of BMI is considered as 20-25.


A person, who is having the body weight more than 100 pounds from standard BMI, is considered as morbid obesity.  The value 40 in BMI chart is equivalent to the 100 pounds of an extra weight exceeding the ideal weight.


Reasons behind Morbid obesity


Morbid obesity can be acquired for several reasons. But, there are some common reasons being detected by the health professionals lately. These are –


  1. Eating habits
  2. Genetic inheritance
  3. Avoiding physical activities
  4. Behavior
  5. Disturbed metabolism etc.


In the human body, there are significant numbers of genes being related to the tendency to gain weight. No matter what you eat or not, these genes will lead you on the way to morbid obesity.


Some physiological activities are also influenced by the different type of genes. It’s likely the variation in appetite, metabolism process, the tendency of storing fat and so forth. Although there are so many writings and references that only budgeting on calories can significantly influence the weight loss or gain process.


But, from recent studies health professionals able to figure out a unique theory of obesity. They have termed this theory as ‘Setpoint’ theory. It refers to a thermostatic condition in the brain, which makes the individuals resistant to the caloric intake or expenditure on the way to weight gain or loss.


Health risks of morbid obesity


Morbid obesity can severely affect the health of individuals. It increases the percentage of several dangerous diseases. Such as –


  1. Diabetes
  2. Sleep apnea
  3. Heart disease
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Joints pain
  6. Cholesterol diseases
  7. Infertility
  8. Bladder problem
  9. Esophageal reflux
  10. Reducing life expectancy etc.


Treatment for morbid obesity


Very few options are there for treating morbidity. You can choose one of them according to your own comfort. Here I am describing some of them-


Diet and exercise


Diet and exercise is the key to control your morbidity. A healthy diet and exercise influence your overall health condition. At the same time, your stress should be managed. Otherwise, your all efforts will not work properly, it is seen that when people remain under pressure they tend to eat emotionally. So that you should consult with your doctor to set a practical goal that will help you in removing morbidity and losing weight.


Weight drugs


If you feel uncomfortable controlling your diet and doing exercise then there is another option for you that you can go with drugs that help to remove morbidity. But the disadvantage of this drug is you will start gaining weight. You can also use herbal solution or supplement.




The last resort of morbid obesity is surgery if you don’t get any concrete solution from diet and drugs. Sometimes it creates complication so you should not take this step without any consultation with your doctor.