Understanding Obesity & Morbid Obesity
What is Obesity?
We hear quite a bit about obesity, especially recently, but what is it exactly? Obesity is the result of the excessive accumulation of fat that exceeds the body’s skeletal and physical standards. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of 20% or more above your ideal body weight is the point at which excess weight becomes a health risk. Today, 97 million Americans, more than one-third of the adult population, are overweight or obese. An estimated 5 to 10 million of these people are considered morbidly obese.
What is Morbid Obesity?
Morbid obesity is typically defined as being 100 pounds or more above a person’s ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater or a BMI of 35-39.9 with one or more diagnosed diseases associated with morbid obesity. To calculate your BMI, click on the BMI Calculator section on this website. Obesity becomes “morbid” when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities, including: diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea, acid reflux and depression) that result either in serious physical disability or even death. Morbid obesity may also be referred to by the term “clinically severe obesity.”
Obesity-Related Health Problems / Effects
There are many health-related problems and effects that are closely related to obesity. Whether manifested alone, or in combination, they can significantly reduce your life expectancy.
Fortunately, medical analyses and patient reports following weight loss surgery have shown significant improvement or complete resolution of virtually all obesity-related health conditions.