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Alternative namesFat - obese; Overweight
More than half of the U.S. population is overweight. But being obese is different from being overweight. An individual is considered obese when weight is 20% (25% in women) or more over the maximum desirable for their height. When an adult is more than 100 pounds overweight, it is considered morbid obesity.
Obesity is also defined as a BMI (body mass index) over 30 kg/m2. Patients with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight, but not obese. See also diet and calories .
Rates of obesity are climbing. An ominous statistic is that the percentage of children and adolescents who are obese has doubled in the last 20 years.
The body cannot store protein or carbohydrates , so excess protein or carbohydrate intake is converted to fat and stored. One pound of fat represents about 3,500 excess calories.
See intentional weight loss .
For additional help in losing weight:
Also, be sure to set realistic goals for weight reduction . A loss of 1 to 2.5 pounds a week may seem slow, but losing weight too fast often does not work. Weight lost quickly is usually regained quickly.
Call your health care provider if
Medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting obesity in detail may include:
Skin fold measurements may be taken to assess body composition. Blood studies to test endocrine function may be performed.
Gastric outlet stapling may be indicated for the morbidly obese. Your primary care provider may want to refer you to a general surgeon for more information about this.
Update Date: 5/17/2002A.D.A.M. editorial. Previous review: Sarah Pressman Lovinger, M.D., General Internist at Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (11/30/2001).
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT