Understanding Obesity Obesity is a serious health epidemic affecting nearly 93 million Americans. The journey to lose weight is challenging, but by understanding obesity and the risks associated with it, you are on the right track!

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition in that is associated with having an excess of body fat, defined by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to control when dieting.

How to Measure Obesity

Body Mass index, or BMI, is a tool used to measure obesity. An individual is considered obese if he or she has a BMI greater than 30.

BMI is a good starting point when it comes to addressing weight. To measure obesity, one calculates their BMI by dividing their weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared. BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by his or her height in meters squared. Once you find your measurement, you will want to find your weight classification that is accompanied on the BMI chart or calculator, which are available at a variety of online sites. If you find that you are at in an unhealthy range, speak to your primary care physician.