Morbid obesity

What is the significance of the word morbid? 

Morbid means to produce or to have a disease. When applied to obesity, morbid implicates that it is associated with other diseases and increases the severity of the condition with a predisposition to death.

What then is morbid obesity? 

Also called severe obesity or class III, morbid obesity is the presence of a body mass index greater or equal to 35 kg/m to 40 kg/m and a coinciding disease, also known as a comorbidity, such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol and/or triglycerides, and sleep apnea or a musculoskeletal disorder.

Are there predisposing factors? 

Of course. One factor includes being genetically prone to obesity. Others include a diet rich in sugar and carbohydrates (fast foods and soft drinks), living a sedentary lifestyle (no exercise), and others.

Dr. Jesús Núñez HernándezA

Especialista en Cirugía de Obesidad y Diabetes por Laparoscopía

CED. PROF. 1371863 UAT / CED. ESP. AE: 011111 UNAM


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