Our bodies need energy to keep us alive and our organs functioning normally. When we eat lunch, drink water or just have a small bite, we put energy into our bodies. An average man needs approximately 2,500 kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, while an average woman needs 2,000 kcal or so. When we eat or drink more calories than we need, our bodies store this excess as body fat. If this process continues over a long period of time, we may put on weight. And while you shouldn’t be worried about a few extra pounds, you should seek medical help when you realize that you’ve entered the early stages of obesity. According to the EASO (European Association for the Study of Obesity), Italy has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in Europe (36 percent for boys and 34 percent for girls), while adulthood obesity rates are among the lowest in comparison to many neighbouring countries. In recent years, countless facilities have been instituted to help patients suffering from obesity, some of which are here in Florence.