What is Obesity?

The Obesity Epidemic

Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that can negatively effect the health of any number of systems in your body. People who are overweight or obese have a much greater risk of developing everything from heart disease and Type 2 diabetes to bone and joint disease.

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Currently, about 35 percent of women and 31 percent of men are considered seriously overweight, and 15 percent of children between the ages of six and 19 are overweight. Public health officials say the results of physical inactivity and poor diet are catching up to tobacco as a significant threat to health.

Consult your physician with questions regarding healthy body weight.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is commonly used to evaluate whether a person is overweight or obese.

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