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Obesity or being Over Weight

Published on 2017-08-12 16:08:28

Obesity, Over Weight, Dite and Nutrition

Weight Loss, Obesity, Over Weight, Pink Medico

The body weight is considered on various factors such as height, age, muscle-fat ratio, sex and bone density.

Few health professionals suggest calculating the BMI (body mass index) is the best way to know whether the person has ideal weight. Whereas some health professionals suggest BMI does not account muscle mass as in case of athletes muscles add up the weight and shows under the overweight or obese category, which is completely wrong as the person may be fit. In some elderly people who lose muscle mass over a period of years the BMI may be normal but they may look bulgy and not in good shape. So it is simply suggested that Doctors use BMI as the initial step to screen the weight problems.

Body Mass Index:

BMI is a measure of the person’s weight in relation to the height. If your BMI is:

  • Below 18.5: underweight
  • 18.5-24.9: normal
  • 25-29.9: overweight
  • 30 or higher: obese


If you're obese, your doctor might talk about the categories of obesity:

  • Obesity level l: BMI of 30-34.9
  • Obesity level ll: BMI of 35-39.9
  • Obesity level lll: BMI of 40 or higher, which some also call "morbid" obesity


Weight and Height Chart:

Obesity Chart, Weight and Height Chart, Pink Medico


Waist – Hip Ratio (WHR)

According to a research the belly fat is unhealthy no matter whatever is the BMI. Waist-hip measurement is the ratio of circumference of the waist to that of the hips. Measure the smallest circumference of your waist just above the belly button and divide it by circumference of your hip at its widest part.

For ex: if a person’s waist is 30 inches and hips is 38 inches, the WHR is 30 divided by 38.


Male WHR

  • Less than 0.9 - low risk of cardiovascular health problems
  • 0.9 to 0.99 - moderate risk of cardiovascular health problems
  • 1 or over - high risk of cardiovascular problems


Female WHR

  • Less than 0.8 - low risk of cardiovascular health problems
  • 0.8 to 0.89 - moderate risk of cardiovascular health problems
  • 0.9 or over - high risk of cardiovascular problems


According to a study people who have larger WHR  had higher health related risks compared to people who have smaller WHR. In this method of calculation also the body fat percentage or muscle-fat ratio is not calculated


The reason of being obese could also be genetic, it could be because of the person’s eating habits, lifestyle which can be changed.


Being obese and have too much body fat can lead to a number of serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Cardio vascular problems , high blood pressure, arthritis, stroke etc. Also it hastens the aging process.


If the person is obese and has diabetes then it is even more dangerous as the risk of other health conditions is on the higher side. So the person has to reduce the weight and have to work, follow strict diet, life style changes is the only option left.


Weight loss surgery or Bariatric surgery is the treatment of choice for morbid obesity and majority of obese people have are just obese are not eligible for the surgery.