where a person’s body fat percentage is higher than normal. Men are considered obese if their body is more than thirty percent fat. Women are considered obese if their body is more than twenty-five percent fat.
Most often, a doctor uses BMI or Body Mass Index to determine if a person is obese. Body mass is calculated by comparing the height and weight of a person. It’s a simple calculation. You can do the math yourself.
Multiply your weight by 703. Divide that number by your height in inches multiplied by itself.
At 200 pounds and are six feet tall, the equation would be 200 x 703/72 x 72. Or 140600/5184 or 27.12. Remember that the obesity ratio for men is defined as someone with a BMI over thirty. This means the person in this example is not considered obese.
While the math is easy to do, losing the weight isn’t always as easy. It takes a lot of hard work and support to get to a healthy weight. People are stressed and tired and eat what they can, when they can. Often it’s not the best quality food, usually high in saturated fats and sugars. This fact has lead to an obesity epidemic among both children and adults and has become very commonplace.
How Common is Obesity?
You might be surprised at the following rate of obesity in the United States, but one in three adults is obese. That’s more than thirty percent of the adult population!
What’s even more alarming is that obesity is skyrocketing in children. Approximately one in four or twenty-five percent of children are obese. These numbers have doubled in the past ten years!
The Surgeon General reported that about 300,000 people in the United States die annually from conditions directly related to obesity.
The Center for Disease Control reports that obesity numbers are much higher amongst minorities groups than in caucasions. It’s also reported to be more common in the southern United States and the Midwest than other areas of the country.
However, obesity is not limited to the United States. It is growing at an alarming rate across the globe.
What Causes Obesity?
Obesity is caused by the following:
- Poor eating and dietary habits
- Not enough physical activity
- Psychological factors like depression
- Environment – poor role models
- Hormones and metabolism
But studies have shown that no single element affects weight more than diet and activity levels. Burning more calories than you eat trumps genetics, medication, and any other factors.
This is good news. It means that even if the cards are stacked against you, you can control your weight. If you’re overweight and want to avoid obesity and all the resulting health complications, you can take control of your health.
Because obesity is so prevalent, there’s a lot of help available. Consult your physician. Change your habits to support a healthy lifestyle. Join a weight loss group or support group.
Obesity is common but it doesn’t have to be your life.