Detection And Prevention

Obesity is a chronic disease and one of the leading preventable causes of death in the U.S. Nearly 40 percent of Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Being obese means that you have too much body fat.

Obesity increases your risk of developing a number of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, stroke, and some cancers. As you decrease your body fat, your risk of disease also goes down.

Obesity may also decrease your energy levels, your self-esteem, and your ability to do all of the activities you want to do. Even modest weight loss can help to prevent or improve health conditions associated with obesity.

How Do You Know If You Are Obese?

Your body mass index (BMI) is a measurement that helps your doctor determine if you are overweight or obese. The formula is based on your height and weight.

If your BMI is greater than 30, you are considered obese. Weight loss surgery is typically approved for a BMI greater than 35 if you have associated medical conditions (e.g. diabetes or high blood pressure), or a BMI greater than 40 without associated medical conditions.

Calculate Your BMI

It’s easy to calculate your BMI using our BMI calculator. Enter your height (in feet and inches) and weight (in pounds) and select your gender.

Preventing Obesity

To prevent obesityyou need to make smart choices about the types and quantities of foods you eat in relation to your size, age, and activity level.

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that often develops before serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health issues. It is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides and low HDL (good cholesterol). The most visible sign is excess weight and a waist size of 40 or more in men and 35 or more in women.

Managing metabolic syndrome with lifestyle choices such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, not smoking, and taking medication is often key to preventing diseases that can shorten your life or negatively affect your quality of life.

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