Signs and Symptoms

Being overweight is recognized as having more body fat than what is considered healthy. Body weight in relation to height (BMI – body mass index) is the current standard for assessing if a person is overweight. A BMI of 25-29.9 kg/m2 is considered overweight, 30-39.9 kg/m2 is considered obese, and a BMI greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2 is considered extremely to morbidly obese.

In addition, waist circumference allows an alternate measurement for weight assessment. A healthy waist circumference for women is less than or equal to 35 inches and 40 inches for men. Body fat percentages may also be used as an assessment measurement.

Healthy eating and physical activity are the best short and long-term treatment options, though medical procedures can help a person lose weight quickly. Being overweight is a symptom of many health conditions and is a risk factor for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.

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