In the United States, we’re well acquainted with obesity. According to the Center For Disease Control, in 2010, more than one third of Americans were obese, including men, women and children.
Is obese the same as overweight?
Obesity is graded according to an equation that measures a person’s weight in relation his or her height to determine “body mass index.” The BMI equation has been used by the World Health Organization as the standard for recording obesity statistics since the early 1980s and yields four categories: underweight, normal range, overweight and obese based on the following body mass index percentages:
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
When your weight and BMI is in a healthy range:
- Your body more effectively circulates blood
- Your fluid levels are more easily managed
- You are less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and sleep apnea.
Where did you land? Remember, we said 1 in 3 Americans is not just overweight, he or she is obese—meaning he or she has a BMI of 30 or greater. If you are the one in three, you are at risk for obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death.