How is obesity currently defined?

February 17, 2013 | By | Reply More

Obesity is the level of overweightness associated with significant mortality and morbidity. Obesity is determined by body mass index (BMI). The BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared (weight in kg)/(height in meters)2. Individuals are currently considered overweight if the BMI is greater than 25. Levels of obesity are defined as follows:

  • BMI < 25: Normal
  • BMI 25-29.9: Overweight
  • BMI 30-34.9: Mild obesity
  • BMI 35-39.9: Moderate obesity
  • BMI > 40: Severe obesity

Category: Medicine

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