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Obesity

Obesity is more than being just a few extra pounds overweight. It is when the fat in your body has accumulated to such an extent that you are at serious risk of developing life-threatening diseases that can knock years off your life, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The fat may be equally distributed around the body or concentrated on the stomach (apple-shaped) or the hips and thighs (pear-shaped).
For medical purposes, the body mass index (BMI) is used to determine if your weight is considered in the healthy range. A person’s weight (in kilograms) is divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese.


Chiropractic


Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to people with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
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According to government statistics, around one in four men and one in three women in the UK are overweight.
Stomach obesity, where weight is concentrated around the tummy, is the most common type of obesity and affects 30 per cent of adult men.
Around one in three children between the ages of 2 and 15 are overweight. While in total more girls than boys are overweight, a greater number of boys are obese.
 
 

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