Morbid obesity symptoms can be very dangerous if they go untreated for a long time. In several cases, they can prove to be fatal too and must be prevented as soon as possible.
A lot of fat people learn to laugh at themselves and deal with the issue of weight gain by mocking it. However, obesity is no laughing matter. A fat child may look cute and cuddly, but the troubles these children face as grown up adults, are beyond imagination for many. Obesity is a disease that is characterized by excessive weight gain, which eventually results in several correlated health problems. Body mass index (BMI) ration is a calculation that defines whether you are overweight, underweight or the correct weight. Morbid obesity is when you BMI ration crosses 30 kg/m2.
Morbid obesity is a graver concern than obesity, as it brings with it a series of dangers. The first repercussion of this condition, is that is starts damaging your internal organs, which can make your condition fatal. If the tendency to gain weight is hereditary, then one needs to extra careful about diet and exercise routines.
The first and commonly seen symptom is high blood pressure. As your body cannot use the excess of stored fat due to sedentary lifestyle, it begins to develop a high blood pressure. This will make you tired very easily and your energy levels will drop drastically. This can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and arterial blockage .
Heart diseases or coronary diseases are the more serious symptoms of morbid obesity. The heart suffers gravely due to high blood pressure, which causes an imbalance in the supply of blood and oxygen. This can lead to strokes and heart attacks, in people who are in their 40s too. The main cause for a tired heart, is the fat around it, which prevents it from functioning normally. If this continues for a longer time, it can also lead to lack of blood supply to the brain causing irreparable damage.
The symptoms of this condition are not just physical, and can affect the mental health too. Depression is a symptom that often remains ignored. Obesity is the main cause of low self-esteem, which leads to lack of social interaction and makes the sufferer lonely. This adds to feelings of self-hate, anger and makes the person depressed. Depression leads to inability to perform daily activities normally. It adds to more weight gain or causes the person to be on a constant depressive eating spree, trapping the patient in the vicious cycle of morbidity.
Excessive weight cannot be supported by our bones. Over a period of time, they degenerate. The cartilage, bones and joints at the hips and downwards get worn out due to overpowering upper body weight. They get stiff, which leads to constant body ache, further reducing your physical activity. Osteoarthritis can be a great discouragement to those who are trying to lose weight.
Slightest physical activity and a person with morbid obesity starts panting. A little exertion makes them breathless. This happens as they have ‘heavier-than-normal chest wall’, which makes it very difficult for the lungs to expand while breathing. Shortness of breath prevents them from doing normal activities such as climbing stairs too. Sleep apnea and hypoventilation syndrome during sleep are some more symptoms which can cause heart or lung failure and blood thickening which can lead to blood clots.
Morbid obesity symptoms follow one after the other, which makes controlling the condition a great trouble. However, with calorie restriction, exercise and unwavering will power, the disease can be brought under control. Stick to regular and timely meals, an exercise routine and learn to accept your problem. Morbid obesity can be treated if one wants to. After all, where there’s a will, there is always a way!