Obesity and metabolic disorders

What Is Obesity?

Obesity is a biological disease that means a person has too much body fat. There are many factors that can contribute to a person having obesity, including genetic, environment and lifestyle factors. Obesity is a preventable and treatable disease, and your GP may refer you to an endocrinologist for treatment, especially those with other endocrine disorders.

Why should I see an endocrinologist about my obesity?

An endocrinologist specialises in hormones and metabolism and can help to assess the causes of your obesity, as well as treating the complications of obesity. They can direct how you should be treated and prescribe and monitor your medications, while managing other health conditions.
Obesity is linked to many serious health conditions, and you may be at a greater risk if developing diseases such as:
  • Certain cancers
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Breathing problems
  • Arthritis

Leaving obesity uncontrolled can lead to a reduced quality of life, and an endocrinologist can help you to control the disease.