Finding and sustaining a suitable weight is accomplished with good diet, nutrition and exercise. Herre we offer information on unhealthy weights, weight loss and medical aid, and advice on improving your weight and health.

Being an overweight or obese adult is increasingly common due to changes in lifestyles and working habits, and this is reflected in the coverage of medical aid providers. Putting weight on occurs when more energy, in the form of calories from food and drink, is taken in than you use through activity and exercise. In addition to lack of exercise, smoking or a family history of obesity can also increase your risk. Some people have a medical reason for being overweight, though this accounts for less than 1 in 100 cases.

Associated Risks

Many serious health problems are often developed by overweight or obese people, conditions which may require the assistance of medical insurance. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and certain forms of cancer. Possible long-term irritations include difficulty with breathing or sleeping, in addition to increased risk of arthritis. Overweight women can have trouble becoming pregnant or suffer from problems during pregnancy, while an overweight man’s fertility may be adversely affected.

Weight loss surgery and Medical Insurance

Even if you do have medical insurance it is not absolute that your treatment would be covered. Even if it is possible the process can take time to prove the treatment is really needed and so it is essential to understand your South African medical aid to be sure what it will and, perhaps most importantly, won’t cover. Medical insurance is important for a healthy future but you must know what it includes.

Associated Risks

Being underweight for extensive periods can put you at greater risk from heart damage, osteoporosis, and more. Underweight women may suffer from amenorrhoea (lack of menstrual bleeding) or find it difficult to become pregnant, while underweight men can develop sperm disorders.

Body Mass Index

You can reduce the risk of health problems by maintaining a proper diet and reaching a healthy weight. The body mass index is the primary figure used to calculate whether an adult is at a healthy weight or not. Using your specific height and weight, the BMI provides a decent indication of your amount of body fat. However, the BMI is limited because it does not account for particularly muscular people, nor those with a lot of body fat but little muscle (who may fall within the healthy range). In general, people who carry weight around their middles are more at risk of bad health.

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