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The numbers are staggering. Approximately 127 million adults in the U.S. (65%) of all Americans are over-weight and 60 million (30.5%) of all Americans are obese. The percentage of obese Americans has more than doubled over the last 20 years. This trend is not slowing down. Obesity is the second leading cause of unnecessary deaths. Every year, obesity causes approximately 300,000 pre-mature deaths in the U.S. and healthcare for obese Americans is approximately $100 billion dollars.

Obesity and Your Health

What is Obesity?
Obesity is a complex, multi-factorial chronic disease involving environment (social and cultural), genetic, physiologic, metabolic, behavioral and psychological components.

Obesity is defined on the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is defined as a BMI of 30 or more and severe obesity is defined as a BMI of 40 or more.

Obesity is defined as a body weight of 20% or greater than your Ideal Weight. Data clearly shows that for patients who gain an excess of 100 or more pounds, weight loss by non-surgical means becomes very difficult to achieve and if accomplished is usually short-lived and followed by still more weight gain.

What is Ideal Weight?
Ideal weight is the weight you should be based on your height, according to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tables

Long Term Risk of Obesity

Patients suffer from many medical conditions directly related to morbid obesity. Patients may medically suffer from hypertension, sleep apnea, arthritis, back pain, shortness of breath, stress on the heart and lungs, heart disease, diabetes, and for some, pre-mature death. Obesity also may affect a female’s ability to become pregnant. In everyday life, obese patients may be hindered by low self-esteem, low self-confidence, ridicule, prejudice and mental anguish, and clinical depression.

Obesity and Self-Image

Obesity affects patients in many different ways. People who are obese often have poor self-esteem which directly affects many other aspects of their life. They lack self-confidence, are sometimes passed over for a job because of appearance and high health insurance costs.

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) refers to a person’s relative weight for height. BMI can be used to assess overweight and obesity, and to measure change and body weight. BMI correlates significantly with total body fat. The BMI calculation is: weight (lbs) divided by height (in ).

Healthy Weight: BMI between 18.6 to 24.9
Overweight: BMI between 25 to 29.9
Obesity: BMI between 30 to 34.9
Severe Obesity: BMI between 35 to 39.9
Morbid Obesity: BMI over 40

You can check your own BMI using the calculators below.

 
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