Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that health may be negatively affected. Technically, it is defined as a body mass index (BMI = weight divided by height squared) of 30 kg/m2 or higher. This distinguishes it from being overweight which is defined by a BMI of between 25-29.9 kg/m2. 

Treatment options include dietary advice, anti-obesity drugs, and in severe cases, one of several forms of bariatric surgery. 

Many studies show a connection between excessive body weight and various diseases, such as: 

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Osteoarthritis

 As a result, obesity has been found to reduce life expectancy.

With the rate of adult and childhood obesity on the rise, authorities view it as a serious public health problem. Efforts to address this “epidemic” include population-wide measures to improve dietary choices and increase physical exercise.


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