What is obesity?

Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat. More specifically, it refers to having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. BMI is a measure of body fat calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared.

Some key things to know about obesity:

So how do you know if you are obese?

The most common method is through BMI screening. This involves:

If your BMI is 30 or higher, you are considered obese. For example, if you weigh 90kg and are 1.75m tall, your BMI would be 29.4, meaning you are overweight but not yet obese.

What causes obesity?

The good news is obesity can often be prevented through diet and lifestyle changes. Small consistent changes like reducing process foods, exercising more, and getting enough sleep make a big difference over time.

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