O-"best"-sity: How much is too much?

My Doctor Finder
September 14, 2015

Obesity is a complex condition of a person acquiring an excessive amount of body fat. It is a common problem in any age group male or female. [1] It is mostly caused by the over intake of calories found in fatty and sugary foods that eventually turns into fat stored in one’s body.

Obesity is an increasingly common problem not just globally but also in the Philippines. A 2011 survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) showed that 22.3 percent of Filipino adults are overweight while 6.1 percent are obese. [2] There are numerous factors on why obesity is prevalent in the country. One of the leading factor is the increase on processed foods that Filipinos surely entertain. Other factors include: [3]

  • Excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages
  • Eating too much unhealthy foods
  • Eating larger portions
  • Drinking sugary drinks
  • Stress-eating
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Genetics

Obesity is not just only a physical look concern. It also involve the health risks that goes with the condition. It increases one's chances of acquiring heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Being obese may likely contribute to one's health problems related to one’s weight. [4]

But there's good news! Did you know that obesity is considered as the most preventable cause of death in the world? Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle may prevent one to be placed with this condition. Dietary changes added with any physical activity can help one lose weight. Follow these nutrition tips that may help you control your weight.


If you're at risk of becoming obese, currently overweight or at a healthy weight, one may seek support through a doctor or a therapist. You may ask these medical professionals regarding one’s coping skills for one’s weight loss journey to a healthier you. Here’s the list of Dieticians that may guide you step by step:

[1, 4] “Obesity” by Mayo Clinic
[2, 3] “Obesity” by NHS Choices