Obesity & Body Mass Index

Obesity Defined
A life-long, progressive, life threatening, genetically-related, costly, multi-factorial disease of excess fat storage with multiple co-morbities (obesity related health conditions).

Magnitude of the Problem

  • 65% of Americans are overweight 
  • 6 to 10 million Americans are more than 100 pounds overweight
  • It can reduce a person's life expectancy by 20 years
  • It is the second leading cause of preventable death in America killing 300,000 annually

Morbid Obesity Defined
Clinically severe obesity at which point serious medical conditions occur as a direct result of the obesity (defined as greater than 200% of ideal weight, greater than 100 pounds overweight, or a body mass index greater than or equal to 40).

Obesity Related Co-Morbidities

  • Adult Onset Type II Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiac disease
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Fatty Liver
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hernia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Infertility problems
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Premature death
  • Respiratory disease (sleep apnea)
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Venous Insufficiency

Body Mass Index
Calculated as follows:  (Weight ÷ Height2) x 703 = BMI 
To calculate your Body Mass Index, visit CDC-Body Mass Index.


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