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What is Obesity?

Obesity is defined as having abnormal/unhealthy levels of body fat. This is typically measured through the Body Mass Index, and can be used as a general measure of overall health. 


There are four possible weight categories when determining BMI:
  -  Underweight: BMI below 18.5
  - Normal weight: BMI between 18.5 and 24.9
  - Overweight: BMI between 25.0 and 29.9
  - Obese: Over 30.0


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Why Should You Care?

Why Should You Care?

- Approximately 36% of American adults are obese

   - 17% of children in the U.S. are obese

- Being obese can increase risks of many diseases, including:

   - Heart disease - Stroke
   - Type 2 diabetes - Some kinds of cancer

- Medical costs in the U.S. reached $147 billion in 2008

- Medical costs for obese people are more than $1400 higher than for patients with normal weight


Causes/Risk Factors

- Sedentary lifestyle - Poor diet
- Family history - Certain diseases



- In most cases, obesity can be removed or prevented by increasing activity levels and improving dietary choices. Current guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity, as well as muscle-strengthening activities twice a week*.



- For more in-depth information on Obesity, please visit the Center for Disease Control's Obesity web page.


* CIS does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The content is for informational purposes only. 


Source: Center for Disease Control

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