The subject of obesity has been in the news a lot in the past months. A lot of the discussion has centered on the politics of the issue, but it is needed to consider the biological effects of obesity. Explain what obesity is and how it affects the different organ systems. Might it have an impact on the evolution of the human species? Do you have any recommendations about how we should respond to the situation?
Obesity is a very diverse and comprehensive disease - it's not simply the excessive storage of fat in the body. Obesity has co-morbidities of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, hormonal dysregulation and bone and joint issues. What's difficult to elucidate is whether obesity is the cause or the effect of these conditions. Does the cardivascular disease ultimately lead to obesity, or is it the other way around? Across an entire population, both of those are possible - another example of the diversity of physiological issues surrounding obesity.
Some suggest that obesity may ...
Obesity and the human organs are examined. The impact on the evolution of the human species are provided.