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Obesity | What Causes Obesity


Learn about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of obesity

Obesity is defined as having an excess proportion of body fat. Physicians determine this diagnosis based on the calculations of a patient’s body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters, squared. A BMI of 30 is considered obese. Morbid obesity is diagnosed when a person has a BMI of 40, or 100 pounds more than what is considered normal for his/her height. A report from the Center for Disease Control shows more than one-third (37%) of U.S. adults are obese. The same study shows an alarming increase in childhood obesity, which has tripled in children and adolescents in the last 30 years. Left untreated, obesity can result in diabetes, heart disease, joint strain and even death.

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