Health check: Effects of Obesity in Men

Effects obesity in men
An obese man. Photo: University of Cambridge

Obesity is defined by the World Health Organization as the excessive accumulation of fat by an individual. This can lead to a risk to someone’s health. A person is considered overweight if their Body Mass Index is 25. However, one is obese if the Body Mass Index calculated is 30 and above.

The problem has grown worldwide and over 4 million people die each year due to this condition. This is according to the global burden of disease. Obesity is one side of the double burden of malnutrition. Currently, more people are obese than underweight in every region except sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where the percentage is a bit low.

Once considered a problem only in high-income countries, overweight and obesity are dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.

The vast majority of overweight or obese children live in developing countries, where the rate of increase has been more than 30% higher than that of developed countries

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Causes of obesity in males

Obesity is mostly caused by a simple way that is, eating so much and moving so little. Too much sugar and fat and great contributors to obesity especially if you are not burning it through exercise and diet regulation. If the energy produced by fat and sugars is not burnt, it will be stored as fat, leading to obesity.

Poor diet is also a contributor, like eating fast foods which are tastier but contain very little nutritional value.

Alcohol also can lead to obesity as it contains too many calories that might be hard to burn. The effects of obesity in men who take too much alcohol are evident.

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Effects of obesity in Men

The effects of obesity are almost similar in both males and females. It leads to diabetes, hypertension, and it is proven to lead to stress, anxiety and depression.

Some of the effects are fatal like coronary artery disease and obesity can lead to stroke as well.

In men, obesity is likely to lead to low self-esteem which can lead to stress and depression.

Obesity is also a leading cause of low libido in men and low productivity in sexual intercourse.

It can lead to erectile dysfunction due to the destruction of blood vessels by a build-up of fat.

Obesity can also lead to low production of the hormone testosterone. This hormone is commonly known as the male hormone that leads to masculinity and fertility in men.

Studies have shown that most males suffering from erectile dysfunction and low sexual libido are likely to tremendously improve their sexual function once they start working out and improve on their diet.

Therefore, it’s high time for men to have exercise and physical movement. Having good quality food for the sake of improving the sexual health of men.

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