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Sources on Obesity
What does it mean to be obese or overweight?
Overweight and obese are terms used to describe ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy
How do you determine if you are overweight? Overweight and obese are terms used to describe ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy. The most widely used measurement for obesity is Body Mass Index (BMI). The BMI approximates body mass using a mathematical ratio of weight and height [(weight in kg ÷ height in meters2) or (weight in pounds ÷ height in inches2 x 703)].
- A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy for an adult.
- A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight for an adult
- A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese for an adult.
- A BMI between 30 and 40 is considered lower BMI.
- It’s important to note that BMI measurements in body-builders and athletes may not be accurate determinants of obesity because the BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat. Learn more about Orbera weight loss provided by the experts at Borland-Groover Clinic.
What are weight loss options for individuals with lower BMI?Lower BMI is those individuals with a range of weight that falls within a BMI of 30 – 40. Calculate your BMI. While on the low end of the obesity spectrum, a person with a “lower BMI” still falls within the range of obesity and is therefore at increased risk for health problems. To date, individuals with lower BMI have had limited weight loss options outside of diet and exercise as most surgical weight loss interventions, like bariatric surgery, require a BMI of at least 40. The physicians at Borland-Groover Clinic are excited to provide a new proven weight loss solution for patients with a lower BMI. Learn more about Orbera Weight Loss.
Being overweight can impact your quality of life
Obesity can increase the risk of more than 30 chronic health conditions, including: type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma, and cancer. Obesity can also significantly impact an individual’s quality of life in areas such as: depression, social isolation, sexual problems, shame and guilt, and lower work achievement.