Obesity describes a condition of a person who is extensively overweight due to increased body fat. Obesity is defined by a BMI (body mass index) value of 30 or higher. BMI is a measure of whether a person has a healthy weight for his height. Obesity in the vast majority of cases is caused by overeating and physical inactivity.
Obesity is defined by a BMI (body mass index) value of 30 or higher. Obesity is widespread in developed countries and is one of the three most avoidable conditions and causes of death. Obesity usually develops as a result of over-eating, meaning that the amount of food consumed exceeds the amount of calories used. Additionally, physical inactivity and psychological factors such as stress, frustration, and sadness play a role. Obesity is rarely the result of other conditions or a side effect of medication (such as cortisone).
Obesity is caused generally by consuming more than needed calories, especially those contained in sugary and fatty food. These calories are burnt off through physical activity and the body stores the excess energy as fat. The condition is an increasingly common issue since many people living in modern societies eat excessive quantities of high-calorie, cheap food while spending a lot of time sitting in cars, on couches or at desk. Some underlying health conditions can contribute also to weight gain, as an example hypothyroidism. However these conditions usually do not cause problems if they are controlled effectively with medication. Some of the signs of obesity include a higher than normal waist circumference and body mass index, having additional fat around the waist, clothes are feeling tight and the person needs a larger size of clothes. In addition, the scale shows that the person has gained weight. In some cases, metabolic syndrome may occur simultaneously. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by having dyslipidemia, high blood pressure and diabetes, all three together.
Obesity is a risk factor for the development of additional medical conditions, most importantly, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease and stroke, deep vein thrombosis, sleeping disorders (sleep apnea syndrome), gallstones, and arthrosis. It’s important for the affected individual to acknowledge the significance of their obesity and cooperate enthusiastically with their treatment. Treatment usually consists of a long-term change in diet that includes a reduction in calorie intake, regular physical activity, and behavioral group therapy. Certain medications can also be prescribed to aid weight loss. The goal of therapy is not to lose weight quickly, but slowly and permanently. In exceptional and extreme cases of obesity (morbid obesity - BMI of 40 kg/m2 or higher), treatment via gastric bypass surgery can be discussed as an option.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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