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Understanding Obesity

Obesity is a serious and common health issue that was misunderstood for a very long time. In fact, the American Medical Association did not recognize it as a disease until 2013! In the years since, much more has been learned about this chronic disease and how to treat it. Let’s start out by defining obesity. 

What is obesity?

If a person's weight is more than what's considered healthy based on their height, it's classified as overweight or obesity. A person's body mass index (BMI) is used as a screening tool for overweight and obesity.

 

Adults with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered to have obesity. You can determine your BMI by using the BMI Calculator below.

 

Enter your height and weight in the fields below to calculate your BMI.

Your BMI is XX.X

Based on your results, this places you in the category of underweight.

Be sure to speak to your health care provider if you have concerns or questions about your weight. If you need help finding an obesity care provider, you can search for one here.

Your BMI is XX.X

Based on your results, this places you in the category of healthy weight.

Be sure to speak to your health care provider if you have concerns or questions about your weight. If you need help finding an obesity care provider, you can search for one here.

Your BMI is XX.X

Based on your results, this places you in the category of overweight.

Be sure to speak to your health care provider if you have concerns or questions about your weight. If you need help finding an obesity care provider, you can search for one here.

Your BMI is XX.X

Based on your results, this places you in the category of obesity.

Be sure to speak to your health care provider if you have concerns or questions about your weight. If you need help finding an obesity care provider, you can search for one here.

   

What causes obesity?

Obesity rarely has a single cause. However, a number of factors may contribute to its development, including:

  • Genetics

 

  • An unhealthy diet

 

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Certain diseases and medications

 

  • Community environment
How is obesity addressed?

Two of the most common approaches people use to combat obesity are:

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Following a healthy meal plan

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Getting physical activity

 

Learn more about changes you can start making in these key areas here. In addition, you should also try to:

  • Get enough sleep

 

  • Reduce your stress level

 

  • Weigh yourself regularly and track your results

 

If making lifestyle changes is not helping you reach your weight-loss goals, your health care provider may recommend a prescription medication.

   

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