About Obesity

America has an epidemic of obesity. Over 69% of us are either overweight or obese (100 pounds or more overweight). We all know that being overweight has serious medical consequences, including diabetes, heart and vascular disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, added risk of cancer, depression, loss of self-image and a shorter lifespan.

Learn more about obesity by exploring these additional web pages, or read on for details on morbid obesity below:

About Morbid Obesity

Obesity becomes "morbid" when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities) that result either in significant physical disability or even death. As you read about morbid obesity, you may also see the term "clinically severe obesity" used. Both are descriptions of the same condition and can be used interchangeably.

Morbid obesity is typically defined as being 100 lbs. or more over ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), morbid obesity is a serious disease and must be treated as such. It is a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time.

Am I morbidly obese?

Answering this question may give you the information you need and the courage required to take the first step to a healthier life. There are several medically accepted criteria for defining morbid obesity.

You are likely morbidly obese if you meet one or more of these qualifications:

  • You are more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40
  • You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes related to obesity or obstructive sleep apnea
  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting

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