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What is the medical definition of obesity?

Obese: Well above one's normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be obese if they are more than 20% over their ideal weight. Obesity has been more precisely defined by the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) as a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 and above.

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Beside this, what is the common definition of obesity?

Obesity. WHO/C.de Bode. Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person's weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres).

Also, what obesity causes? Obesity is generally caused by eating too much and moving too little. If you consume high amounts of energy, particularly fat and sugars, but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, much of the surplus energy will be stored by the body as fat.

Considering this, what are the types of obesity?

"Researchers have identified six 'types' of obese person," The Independent reports.

These were defined as:

  • heavy-drinking males.
  • younger healthy females.
  • physically sick but happy elderly.
  • affluent healthy elderly.
  • unhappy anxious middle-aged.
  • poorest health.

What's considered obese?

BMI is a measure which takes into account a person's weight and height to gauge total body fat in adults. A healthy weight is considered to be a BMI of 24 or less. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 and above is considered obese.

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