Obesity is a common and complex disease that leads to an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity increases the risk of severe conditions and health problems like diabetes (type 2), high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.1
How to determine and diagnose obesity?
Body mass index (BMI) is often used to diagnose obesity and possibly identify potential risk factors.
Obesity is diagnosed when BMI is 30 or higher and this can be determined by:
BMI= Weight (kg) / Height2 (cm)
However, BMI is not fully adequate as it does not directly measure body fat. Some people like athletes may have high BMI and be incorrectly classified as obese due to the weight of their muscles.1
Harvard School of Public Health has identified 10 methods to measure obesity including BMI. Other methods that can help determine body fat include waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio in order to provide a prediction of the disease development and death associated with obesity. 2
Day-to-day symptoms of obesity:3
- Quickly being out of breath
- Increased sweating
- Difficulty performing physical activity
- Pain in joints and back
- Increased snoring
- Psychological problems associated with the feeling of isolation and low self-esteem that may affect relationships with family and friends.
Development of conditions due to obesity:4
- Heart disease
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Sleep apnea
- Fertility problems
- Specific types of cancer
Cannabinoid receptors are involved in regulating food intake and inflammation; therefore, cannabinoids may have a therapeutic potential in the treatment of obesity.5
Additionally, preclinical data proposes that the cannabinoids THCV and CBD may have a beneficial effect on weight loss, suggesting that these cannabinoids may be of interest in treating obesity.6
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