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What is obesity?

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Obesity means you have too much body fat. It's usually based on your body mass index (BMI), which you can check using a BMI calculator. BMI compares your weight to your height. If your BMI is 25 to 29.9, you're overweight but not obese. A BMI of 30 or more is in the obese range.

From: What Is Obesity? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Stanford Hospital & Clinics: "Health Effects of Obesity."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?" and "How Are Overweight and Obesity Treated?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 30, 2017

SOURCES:

Stanford Hospital & Clinics: "Health Effects of Obesity."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?" and "How Are Overweight and Obesity Treated?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 30, 2017

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