Obesity is a condition of excess body fat. It affects both adults and children. Obesity could put you at risk of developing a number of medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. In other words, health risks and complications are higher for those who are obese, and the risks may increase if obesity is not managed.
Obesity Calculator: Body Mass Index (BMI)
A direct measurement of body fat cannot be done easily. Body mass index (BMI) is one effective method to determine the difference between ideal weight, being underweight, overweight or obese. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and 30 or above is considered obese. People who carry most of their weight around the waist (apple shaped) have a greater risk of heart disease and diabetes than do people with large hips and thighs (pear shaped).
Your body fat can also be calculated by using skin calipers, an instrument that measures the thickness of the skin. Waist circumference is a good measure of the more dangerous abdominal obesity. Women with a waist size more than 35 inches or men with a waist size more than 40 inches are at an increased risk.
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People become obese because of a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons and risk factors for obesity are:
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