Morbid Obesity

Morbid Obesity … a Deadly Problem

If obesity in America is a serious problem, morbid obesity is a deadly serious concern for those who are afflicted by it. Americans who suffer from morbid obesity are never far from death’s door. That’s why their condition is called morbid obesity.

By definition, morbid obesity is a condition in which a person, male or female, is more than one hundred pounds over his or her ideal weight, as proscribed by health authorities like the American Medical Association. There is a Weight Chart for all adult Americans that show the proper weight for an adult based on height, age, body type and some other factors.

The weights listed often tend to be unrealistically low, but not so low that those who suffer from morbid obesity can claim it’s unfair. The Weight Charts are not unfair. People who are too heavy know it, but often refuse to face reality and, instead, look for excuses. And, for them, it is a dangerous game of self-delusion … one that can lead quickly to severe health problems and possible early death.

Morbid ObesityCurrently, in America, the percentage of the adult population that is morbidly obese is somewhere around 5% of the total obese population. Put in real numbers, it means that six million to eight million American adults are 100 pounds overweight or more, sometimes much more. While total strangers may see such people on the street and laugh at them as they pass by, there is nothing even remotely funny about their conditions.

People who suffer from morbid obesity probably already are afflicted with high blood pressure and may shortly find that they are diabetic, as well, if that has not already taken place.  They have an inordinately high Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, often much higher. And they are at risk.

The truth is morbid obesity is a deadly disease that may kill its victim slowly and torturously. Often, as the “victim” continues to gain weight, it becomes more and more difficult to engage in the normal, everyday activities that are part of a normal lifestyle. It’s not uncommon for a man or woman, overweight by 200 pounds or 300 pounds or more to suddenly find that he or she is permanently bedridden, unable to lift his or her body weight out of bed.

That is the time when the weight issue becomes one of morbid obesity. In such cases, the morbidly obese adult needs to be hospitalized for his or her own safety … and a weight loss program has to be instituted in order to save a life.

If the obese adult chooses to refuse help and, instead, prefers to continue as before it is almost certain that his or her heart will give out or an arterial blockage will result in a heart attack or, even more likely, a severe diabetic condition will develop that requires strict lifestyle changes which may or may not be followed by the stricken individual.

Clearly, morbid obesity is a big time problem because it involves people who may lack the self esteem, confidence and discipline to turn their lives around. And if they fail to make changes, their lives may not last very long.