Obesity and Morbid Obesity
- Obesity results from the excessive accumulation of fat on the body.
- An increase in 20 percent or more above ideal body weight is the point at which excess weight becomes a health risk.
- Statistically, 65 percent of the U.S. population exceeds their ideal weight or is obese, according to the National Center for Health Statistics
Morbid Obesity differs from Obesity
- Obesity becomes "morbid" when it reaches the point of increasing the risk of serious diseases that can result in poor health, disability or even death.
- Morbid obesity is a chronic disease; its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time.
- Morbid obesity is typically defined as being 100 lbs. or more over ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher.
- The most effective treatment for morbid obesity is bariatric surgery.
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