What is Obesity?

Posted on July 1, 2009. Filed under: Health & Wellness, Healthy Living | Tags: , , |

Obesity is defined as the condition of being more than 30% above the average body weight for your age and gender.

Obesity is commonly measured in adults by a calculation called BMI or Body Mass Index. Body Mass Index is determined by dividing your weight by your height. Having a body mass index of 30% more than the ideal body weight for your age can classify you as obese.

Want to determine your BMI? Check out this handy calculator by WebMD http://www.webmd.com/diet/calc-bmi-plus
Youth can assess BMI a bit differently than adults. Check the youth BMI calculator here http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/

What Causes Obesity?
Several factors can lead to obesity. Generally, eating more calories than you burn is a simple cause. Others include:
* Age and Gender
* Genetics or Family History
* Lack of Physical Activity
* Poor Eating Habits
* Medical Conditions

Health effects of obesity:
> risk of heart disease
> diabetes
> depression
> high blood pressure

Obesity can be managed. The first step is visiting a pediatrician or family doctor who can evalute and consider the cause. Upon evaluation, the doctor can make a recommendation on a practical weight management program.

There are things you can do at home as well. This site will walk you through a variety of healthy living activities to get you on the right track.


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