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About Obesity

Obesity occurs when a person has abnormal or excess of body fat that may put them at risk for various health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, joint pain, diabetes, sleep apnea and other conditions.

Causes of Obesity

The cause of obesity can vary from individual to individual. Some factors may include:

  • Genetics
  • Metabolism
  • Excessive calorie intake/lack of portion control
  • Not following a balanced diet
  • Inactivity
  • Medications
  • Environmental factors

Calculating Your Risk for Obesity

A body mass index or BMI is a tool used to assess if a person is at an appropriate weight for their height. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 indicates that a person is carrying excess weight. BMI is correlated to conditions associated with overweight and obesity. The higher the BMI, the higher risk for such conditions.

What is your BMI?

Health Risks Associated with Obesity

There are a number of undesirable conditions associated with overweight and obesity. These conditions may include:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • Digestive disorders
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Sleep apnea
  • Infertility
  • Joint pain