What Is Obesity?

Overweight and obesity are labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.

Recent studies show that about one-third of the adult population in the US is obese.

Several factors including behavior, environment and genetics can play a part in a person becoming overweight or obese. The key to maintaining a healthy weight over a lifetime is lifestyle choices. How much, how often and what kind of food and exercise a person chooses greatly impacts their health. The bottom line for weight management is all about balancing the daily calories used with the calories consumed.

Obesity puts people at greater risk for the following conditions:

  •  Cardiovascular Disease
  •  Type 2 Diabetes/Prediabetes
  •  High Blood Pressure
  •  High Cholesterol/Triglycerides
  •  Sleep Apnea
  •  Osteoarthritis
  •  Gallbladder Disease
  •  Cancer: Breast, Cervical, Ovarian, Endometrial, Prostate,
    Thyroid, Colon, Rectal, Pancreatic, Biliary Tract, Gallbladder

What is your BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is still the major recommended standard used to measure body mass and determine excess weight and treatment.

It is important to remember that although BMI correlates with the amount of body fat, BMI does not directly measure body fat. As a result, some people, such as athletes, may have a BMI that identifies them as overweight even though they do not have excess body fat.


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