Obesity - Overweight
Obesity is a degenerative chronic disease, a major health issue in A
today with the majority of the population being overweight. It is
commonly known as the disease of an excess body fat. It contributes to
the development of many life threatening and disabling conditions,
generally called as obesity-related diseases
, such as cancer, type II diabetes, heart failure, arthritis, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterol, hypertension and liver damage.
Body Mass Index: a Measure for Obesity
an adult, man or woman, the conventional way to find out whether you
are overweight or obese is to measure your body mass index (BMI). Body
mass index is defined as the individual's body weight (in Kg) divided by
the square of your height (in meter). So in medicine BMI is given in
unit of Kg/m2.
Based on their BMI values people are divided in four main categories: underweight (bmi less than 18.5), normal weight (18.5 to 24.9), overweight (25 to 29.9) and obese
(30 and over). Obese status is split in three subcategories: obese (30
to 34.9), severe obese (35 to 39.9) and morbid obese (40 and over).
Above the normal range the higher your bmi, the higher will be your risk
of contracting obesity-related diseases.