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“Many overweight persons fail at losing weight because they lack knowledge.”

by seca-uk

There are several reasons why our attempts at losing weight may fail. 44% of all those who are affected by obesity (those above a BMI of 30) attribute their failing to a lack of stamina, while 42% attribute it to frustration when a success does not show quickly enough, and 28% lack confidence that they’ll succeed in the first place. To help more obese people reach their goals, a better education and a deeper understanding of your own body is needed. Dr. Heike Niemeier, oecotrophologist and nutritionist, helps patients by measuring and analysing their body composition with the seca mBCA. This method clarifies where the excess weight comes from and what exactly needs to be done to reduce it. This increases the likelihood of staying committed and ultimately leads to a more successful weight loss.

"The quantification of fat mass is crucial."

by seca-uk

When treating obesity professionally, using clinical standards, we need more accurate values than just an indication of weight. How useful is the body composition analysis for both therapy control and patient motivation, using the seca mBCA? Professor Dr. med. Yurdagül Zopf, nutritionist, knows the answer.

"The change in body composition reveals customer success very early."

by seca-uk

Anyone who understands the causes of obesity also understands that we cannot lose weight as fast as certain unrealistic dietary guidelines might promise. Knowing the reasons behind obesity increases a person’s willingness to stick to long-term exercise and dietary plans, while simultaneously improving their eating habits. The seca mBCA offers further support to lose weight by visualising the changes in fat and muscle mass in the body, among other things. This concrete visualisation helps almost every other obese person (37% *) to stay committed. For Stefanie Wirtz, specialist coordinator in the Adiposity Center Lüneburg, measurements with the seca mBCA are therefore part of successful adiposit therapy.

"Knowing my inner values helps me find my way through the weight loss jungle."

by seca-uk

It might sound counterproductive, but using the scales while trying to lose weight can be detrimental. 51% * of those affected by obesity feel demotivated if the scales do not display a lower number after they have suffered through their first weeks of restrictions, putting in effort and physical exertion. Together with their motivation, their the willingness to exercise and to alter their diet may disappear too, causing them to become one of 85% of * those whose weight loss attempts fail in the long term. Better than checking the scales, again, is to directly analyze our body composition which immediately determines any changes in body fat, muscle mass, and body water. Stefanie Bohn, who herself suffers from obesity, knows how much having her body composition analyzed with the seca mBCA supported her weight loss journey:

The traffic light rating of food - a remedy for obesity?

by seca-uk

Many people are unaware of how unhealthy their regular groceries can be. Unbeknownst to them, they consume tons of sugar, salt and fat, which are hidden as cheap flavor enhancers in many industrially processed products.

Heavy weights for heavyweights?

by seca-uk

Obesity is a global health problem that comes with serious consequences to our health and high expenses for our health care system. Malnutrition and a sedentary lifestyle are considered to be among the main causes of obesity for all age groups. Although changing our lifestyle is known to be an effective and cost-efficient way to prevent and treat this condition, many people struggle regularly to change their diets and stay on track with exercising. When you are overweight, your weight can be a limiting factor, as physical activities become increasingly difficult with higher risks of injury - contributing to a loss in motivation.

Challenge to obesity in children

by seca-uk

Overweight and obesity presents an important global health problem, with an upward trend. However, this development is not limited to adults, it is increasingly affecting children and adolescents. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 41 million overweight children under the age of five worldwide in 2016, from which around half were in Asia and one quarter in Africa. The USA takes a prominent position. The number of overweight and obese children of school age has tripled since 1970 and now accounts for around 20%. The classification of overweight and obesity in children is not consistent and is to some extent differently defined. Nonetheless, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is often measured. The US American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define overweight as a BMI above the 85th and obesity beyond the 95th percentile. Other sources make use of the fat percentage and define overweight from a fat content of 25-30%, depending on gender.

Taboo issue obesity

by seca-uk

Excess weight is one of the major risk factors for developing a variety of diseases, a problem which has reached epidemic proportions globally. Since 1980, the number of adults who are either overweight or obese has increased to a record breaking 1.9 billion in 2014. Since 2015, World Obesity Day, which is held annually on October 11th, aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the many challenges associated with obesity, as well as public awareness of the issue. This year, the campaign's motto is “treat obesity now and avoid the consequences later”. Based on last year's main theme, which focused on obesity in children and adolescents, this year will promote preventive measures and early treatment options.

Battle against dangerous belly fat

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Being overweight or obese can be an important risk factor for the occurrence of metabolic, heart and circulatory illnesses. Originally considered pure and passive energy storage, fat tissue has since come to be seen as the biggest endocrine organ of the body. Its effect on metabolism and the risk of illness is not only just concerned with the quantity, but also with the quality of the fat deposits. In contrast to subcutaneous fat, the visceral or abdominal fat in the body’s interior is an independent risk factor for strokes, heart attacks and type 2 diabetes. The cause of this is in the specific properties of the visceral fat cells. These differ, not just in their position from the subcutaneous fat, but also in the receptor equipment and synthesis performance. They react differently to the body’s own messenger chemicals and synthesize greater quantities of fat tissue hormones and signal proteins. These so-called adipokines interfere greatly with the body’s functions and influence feelings of hunger, glucose and fat metabolism. A lot of these adipokines are also linked to the occurrence of arterio-sclerosis and insulin resistance.