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The Epidemic of Obesity

Obesity is one of America's most serious epidemics. Over two thirds of U.S. citizens are overweight; a frightening statistic that continues to increase. Of even greater concern, over 23 million Americans are morbidly obese and one third of these are considered super obese.

BMI – Body Mass Index

Overweight and obesity may be measured by Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a measure of your weight proportionate to your height. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) considers that a BMI of 18.25 to 24.9 is normal. A BMI greater than 25 is considered overweight. Obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than 30 with morbidly obese then having a BMI greater than 40. Super obesity refers to individuals with a BMI greater than 50. Click on the following link below to calculate your BMI : http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

Health Effects

The National Institutes of Health advises that an increase in 20 percent or more above "ideal body weight" is the point at which weight-related health dangers appear. The risk of dying is 5-10 times greater than that of a normal weight person. The negative effects of obesity on your health are far reaching and have a significant financial impact. In the United States, obesity related conditions cost over $100 billion to treat. Some of the negative effects of obesity include, but are not limited to:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea and Other Breathing Problems
  • Joint Problems and Osteoarthritis
  • Psychosocial Effects