Although the terms “overweight” and “obese” are
similar, the difference between the two arises with Body Mass Index (BMI).
BMI is a measure of body fat based on an individual’s weight in
relation to his or her height and age. In general, a person with a BMI
of 25-29.9 is considered overweight, while a person with a BMI over 30
is considered obese.
If you are concerned you are either overweight or obese, it is easy to
determine your BMI. Simply multiply your weight in pounds by 704.5. Then,
divide the result by your height in inches and divide that result by your
height in inches a second time.
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Unhealthy eating habits, low physical activity, lifestyle habits and genetics
are all contributors to the development of becoming overweight or obese.
If your BMI indicates you are either overweight or obese, consider
downloading Torrance Memorial’s free Healthy Weight Loss Guide to start you on your journey of a healthier lifestyle and speak to your
primary care physician to discuss your weight concerns.