<p><a href="/health/obesity-overweight-condition/what-is-obesity">Obesity</a> is a serious condition that affects millions of people from all walks of life. Carrying around <a href="/health/obesity-overweight-condition/what-risks-excess-body-fat">excess body fat</a> can lower your self-confidence and wreak havoc on your body—from your brain to your feet and virtually everything in between—and make you more susceptible to a host of diseases. But don't despair! If you want to understand what causes obesity and learn how to prevent and treat it, you've come to the right place.</p>
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How is obesity defined?
That is a great question and one that is still under study. Typically, obesity is defined in a child, adolescent or adult by a person having body fat measurements greater than some established cut point that is considered to be representative of a normal amount of body fat. For example, one way to define obesity is: adult women with a waist circumference greater than 35 inches and adult men with a waist circumference greater than 40 inches are considered obese. Another way is to use a measurement called body mass index. None of these measurements are perfect but they can provide good information about how much fat you have on your body.
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- QDo I have a greater chance of hypertension if I am obese?
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- QHow common is obesity?
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- QWhat is obesity?
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- QWho is considered obese?
- QDo most Americans understand the health risks of obesity?
- QHow can being overweight during pregnancy affect my baby?
- QWhy are so many people in the United States obese?
- QWhat changes will I need to make after weight loss surgery?
- QWhat are some medical reasons for weight gain?
- QWhat are common questions a family doctor gets from both men and women?
- QWhat is the difference between overweight and obese?
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- QWhat should I be aware of if I am overweight and need abdominal surgery?
- QWhat should I do if I'm morbidly obese?
- QWhen should I call my doctor if I am obese?