What is morbid obesity?

What is morbid obesity?

Having excess fat that interferes with your health and life.

Having an excess accumulation of body fat, to the point that it severely interferes with your health and daily living.

Morbid obesity is generally measured by percent (%) body fat or BMI (body mass index).

Percent Body Fat

Men: If you have more than 35% body fat, you are considered to be morbidly obese.
Women: If you have more than 40% body fat, you are considered to be morbidly obese.

BMI (Body Mass Index)

  • A BMI of 40 or more is considered morbidly obese.
    This is approximately 100 lbs over ‘normal’ weight.
  • A BMI of 35 or more is considered morbidly obese if you have a co-existing
    disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, etc.

‘Morbidly obese’ is not pleasant to hear, however it is a commonly used term by physicians and other health care professionals to classify your weight in relation to your height.

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