Exogenous Obesity is one of the two forms of obesity recognised by medical science. The other form is endogenous obesity. The definition of exogenous obesity is that the obesity is caused by excessive food consumption, or to be more specific, exogenous obesity is caused by consuming energy in excess of the energy that is expended in day-to-day activities.
Endogenous obesity is less common, and is triggered by an abnormality in the body itself. Adrenal issues and testicular or ovarian hypofunction are perhaps the two most common triggers of endogenous obesity.
To define obesity itself: Obesity is a disease in which a person’s body fat has accumulated to such an extent that it is posing medical concerns for the patient. In such a situation it is best to seek a consultation with a doctor or physician. Obesity can cause a range of other illnesses including asthma and type 2 diabetes, and therefore it is important to seek treatment immediately upon diagnosis.
Obesity can be a dangerous disease for adults, teenagers, and children, and the condition is becoming ubiquitous, as the lifestyles of many people tend to be more sedentary. Some people work at a computer all day, then sit on a train for the trip home, then sit on a couch in front of the television at night. This passive lifestyle does not burn much energy unfortunately, and makes exogenous obesity more likely to develop.
Another factor contributing to the increasing amount of exogenous obesity in society is that the food in most first world countries is abundant, cheap, and is often extremely high in calories and saturated fats. Consuming more energy than your body needs on a daily basis is therefore very easy to do without noticing. Just one “fast food” meal can often contain an entire days worth of energy for the body, yet most of us still eat several times per day, and enjoy the odd “snack” between meals as well. At the end of the day, if this energy isn’t expended, it may be stored as body fat.
So how do you treat exogenous obesity? The answer is simple to understand, yet sometimes difficult to put into practice. You need to expend more energy than you consume. That may mean cutting back on sodas and hamburgers. It might mean giving up your mid-afternoon chocolate bar. It might mean not having that extra scoop of ice cream. Cutting back on the calories you consume is definitely one solution to exogenous obesity.
The other solution is to increase your energy expenditure. Work some regular exercise into your schedule. Go for a jog in the mornings before work. Join a cycling club and go for a ride a few times a week. It doesn’t really matter what activity you choose as long as it expends those excess calories.
Often the best solution to exogenous obesity is to combine the other two options: Eat a bit healthier and also get a bit more exercise. That way you don’t need to give up all the foods you love, but you can still get back into a healthy weight range.