Obesity is defined as having an excess accumulation of body fat. It is generally measured by percent (%) body fat or BMI (body mass index).
Men: If you have more than 25% body fat, you are considered to be obese.
Women: If you have more than 32% body fat, you are considered to be obese.
In general, people with a BMI of 30 or higher have a 50-100% greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes than those with a normal BMI.
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