Obesity is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global problem.  However, this problem is misleading since an overwhelming number of people in Africa and Asia are suffering from starvation and poverty.  Since this article is not about poverty and starvation we shall focus on the problem of obesity and the means to treat this problem.

There is a difference between being overweight and being obese.  Overweight can mean there is too much water, fat bone and/or muscles in the body.  Obesity on the other hand refers to weight excess due solely to excessive body fat.  A healthy bodybuilder can be overweight but is not obese.  However, all obese person are overweight.  The body mass index is a reliable way to find out if one is obese, normal or overweight.  You can find the BMI calculator at this site:  http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/.

BMI lists overweight as above 25 (with exceptions for some above 30), while obese while scale above 30.

Besides being a social disadvantage, obesity is a potentially very dangerous hazard to health.  Here are some facts about the dangers of obesity:

* Obesity has caused around 300,000 deaths annually in the United States.

* Men who suffer from severe obesity die on average 13 years earlier than men with normal weight.

* Obesity is the second most common cause of death in the Untied States.  First is tobacco.

With regards to the cost of obesity to the US economy, US citizens spend around $50 billion annually to lose weight and the results of show that the United States is losing the battle to lose weight.

Most conventional weight loss programs utterly fail in the long-run.  Since conventional treatments provide unsatisfactory results, many have turned and have found answers to alternative modes of treatment.  One such successful treatment for obesity is acupuncture.

Acupuncture New York is one branch of traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM.  TCM has been the modality used by the Chinese and East Asian peoples for thousands of years. It is known to be a viable treatment for obesity and other kinds of health disorders.

Modern research has shown how acupuncture works for weight loss.  Acupuncture is seen to improve the function of two endocrine vessels that control various kinds of physiological processes, one of which is metabolism.  Therefore, acupuncture can help increase metabolism and help burn fat calories more rapidly.  By burning fat calories, body fat and insulin and lipid levels are lowered in the body and blood resulting in lower body weight.  Acupuncture also regulates the appetite.  This means that craving for food is lowered significantly and that the body is easily sated with less food than before.  For women at the onset of menopause, acupuncture also helps them lose weight.