Obesity is a metabolic condition in which too much fat accumulates in the body impairing health. Fat cells, called adipocytes, secrete hormones that regulate some of the body’s core physiological functions including metabolism and inflammation. When these cells accumulate more fat (lipids) than they can handle, they malfunction, contributing to obesity.
This complex and chronic disease can lead to severe medical problems and increases the risk of other serious conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer.
To support the health of individuals affected by obesity, a variety of approaches may be needed to manage body weight. While lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise are commonly recommended, it’s important to recognize that effective weight management strategies can vary greatly among individuals. Tailoring these strategies to each person’s unique needs and circumstances is essential.