General or Other | Fitness & Sports Medicine | Body Fat and Weight Gain (Symptom)
Body Fat and Weight Gain: Description
Body fat represents a person’s total weight of fat divided by total weigh. Body mass index (BMI) measures the body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. The normal values are between 18.5 and 24.9. Values below 18.5 show a state of underweight and values above 24.9 indicate overweight and obesity.
Body Fat and Weight Gain: Causes
Usually weight gain involves a natural process rather than a disease. For example, weight gain is associated with normal growth for children. During pregnancy, it is normal and fundamental to gain some weight. However, when unwanted and unintended, weight gain may become a serious problem. In most cases, taking more calories into the body than your body can use causes unintended weight gain. When a person reaches middle and older ages, weight gain is a common symptom as the metabolism slows down, unless this is countered by conscientiously eating less than you did when you were younger as well as getting adequate exercise to use the calories you do take in.
Weight gain can also be a sign of some disorders affecting any of several body systems, including the endocrine, cardiac, urinary, neurologic, and respiratory systems.
Diagnose and Treatment
Because most weight gain is the result of caloric intake overtaking caloric need, it is essential that people change their lifestyle by using proper nutrition, learning portion control, and taking exercises.