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Who is considered obese?

Obesity is is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated using your height and weight; the formula is easily found online. BMI is a rough estimation and is not always accurate in people who have very high amounts of muscle mass such as bodybuilders or athletes. However, it is mostly accurate for the general population. If your BMI is between 26 and 29 you are considered overweight. You may want to discuss weight loss options including diet and exercise with your doctor if you are overweight or obese.

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