What is Obesity?
Obesity is a life-threatening condition that affects one-fourth of the
American population, and its prevalence is on the rise. In the past decade,
obesity has increased 60 percent, and is currently contributing to 300,000
deaths each year. This dangerous condition is considered more damaging
to your health than smoking and alcohol abuse. Obesity is most often caused
by factors that are difficult, if not impossible to control. Common contributors
to obesity include energy imbalance, heredity, metabolic disorders, social
habits, environmental factors, and psychological disorders.
Are You Morbidly Obese?
Excess weight affects your life and your health. A useful tool for determining
if your weight has reached a problematic level is the Body Mass Index (BMI).
Use our BMI calculator to determine your BMI. The classification of morbid
obesity is given when an individual’s excess weight puts their life
at risk. You are considered morbidly obese if you are more than 100 pounds
over your ideal weight or have a BMI of 40 or greater.