What is obesity?
Obesity is a complex disease in which having too much body fat puts you at risk for health problems. Obesity is measured by body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.
What are the risks of obesity?
Being obese increases your risk for many health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and joint problems. Losing even 5% to 10% of your body weight may help reduce your risk. This means, for example, losing 25lb if you weigh 250lb.2 Weight loss reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps reduce blood sugar levels in people who have type 2 diabetes.3
If you need more information, see the topic Obesity.