Over weight is described as a body mass index(BMI) over 25 and obesity is a BMI over 30. Many articles were reviewed and most of the definitions support these values.
How do I know my BMI? There is a formula used that puts in your height and weight and then calculates your BMI. Use this link to put your numbers in and calculate your BMI. Overweight is over 25 to 30 and obesity is over 30.
An elevated BMI/overweight and obesity may lead to many different illnesses and chronic diseases. Some of the diseases are:
There is an obesity epidemic and more than 1/3 of children and adolescents are overweight. More than 50% of the adults are overweight. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death, only second after SMOKING. Obesity may increase in mortality, earlier death. Overweight and obesity may be caused by energy intake(food) greater than the energy output (exercise/movement). To prevent weight gain in a healthy adult the total energy intake must be less than energy output.
Measurements: measure at the top of the iliac crest with tape measure men greater than 40 inches and women greater than 35 inches are overweight.
Some of the factors that may affect weight are: