A person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight or his or her body mass index (BMI) is over 30. "Morbid obesity" means that a person is more than 100 pounds over normal weight or has a BMI of 40 or higher. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about obesity, its causes, treatment, and much more.
Asthma and Diet
WebMD explores the connection between diet and asthma.
How to Prevent Childhood Obesity
WebMD offers tips to keep your child from becoming overweight.
Health Problems Associated With Adult Obesity-Topic Overview
Adults with obesity are more likely to have certain health problems than adults who are not obese. These problems include the following. Heart disease and cardiovascular problems People who are obese have an increased risk of: 1 Heart disease,including coronary artery disease,heart attack,heart failure,angina,and an abnormal heartbeat. High blood pressure. High blood pressure in ...
Rapid-onset Obesity with Hypothalamic Dysfunction, Hypoventilation, and Autonomic Dysregulation
Rapid-onset obesity,hypothalamic dysfunction,hypoventilation,and autonomic dysregulation (ROHHAD) is a rare disorder first described in 1965. Since that time fewer than 50 children have been described in the literature with this disorder. These patients have a somewhat variable presentation,but they typically show the following constellation of symptoms: increased hunger (hyperphagia),...
Am I Obese? How Experts Define What Obesity Is
Do you know the difference between being overweight and being obese or morbidly obese? Find out what obesity definitions mean, what causes obesity, and how it's treated.
Weight Loss Stories: How 6 People Shed the Pounds
When you're working on weight loss, it can help to have a little inspiration. Here, six people share their secrets on how they lost the pounds.
12 Tips to Lose the Weight for Good
Feel like you’ve tried every diet trick in the book? Here are 12 new weight-loss strategies to try.
Lose Weight and Lower Your Blood Pressure
Learn how losing even a little weight can help your blood pressure.
Video: Why Do We Gain Weight?
So what’s to blame for those extra pounds? Is it genetics or your poor diet?
The Rise in Obesity
Why is the rate of obesity on the rise?
Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
An expert discusses diet, exercise, mental preparation, and rapid weight loss.
The Importance of Diet and Exercise in Reducing Obesity
Being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and maybe even cancer. Learn how weight affects your body.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Surprising Reasons You're Gaining Weight
What are some possible causes of sudden weight gain, when there are no changes in diet or exercise? Learn about the effects of certain medications, some medical conditions, sleep issues, and more.
Slideshow: 17 Tips to Lose 100 Pounds or More
These lifestyle changes -- suggested by experts and real people who've lost the weight -- can help you stay on the path toward a healthier body and a happier you.
Can't Wait for the Future? Try These Weight Loss Tips Now
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Fat Facts Quiz: Test Your Knowledge
Test your diet IQ with this quiz about different types of fat and fats.
Quiz: Best & Worst Foods for Belly Fat
Do you know which foods are best and worst for belly fat? Test your knowledge with this quiz, and learn how to eat for a slimmer waistline.
Quiz: Test Your Nutrition IQ
Take this quiz to find out how much you know about dietary guidelines.