Obesity is an alarming health concern worldwide and is considered epidemic these days. It is a multifactorial disease, which may occur due to unhealthy food habits coupled with sedentary lifestyle, socio-economic status and genetic predisposition. The factors that influence the effects of obesity include age of onset, severity of obesity, gender, race, cardiorespiratory fitness and amount of fat accumulated around the waist.
Obesity is an underlying cause for many co-morbidities, such as heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, thyroid dysfunction, and cancer. Having these conditions influence a person’s quality of life in many ways.