What is obesity?

Dr. McKenna discusses obesity and pregnancy. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is obesity?

Definitely. An individual is five foot eight and weighs 175 pounds, that individual is going to be considered overweight. If they're 200 pounds, they're obese, meaning their BMI is over 30. If they're 275 pounds, they're going to be considered class three obesity or having a BMI greater than 40. That's important because obesity really is a continuum. The more weight that you have, the higher the risk you have for complications during pregnancy.

   

If an individual is 5-foot, 8 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds, that individual is going to be considered overweight. If they're 200 pounds, they're obese, meaning their BMI (body mass index) is over 30. If they're 275 pounds, they're going to be considered class three obesity or having a BMI greater than 40. That's important because obesity really is a continuum. The more weight you have, the higher your risk for complications during pregnancy.

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