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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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