Obesity, which is at epidemic proportions in the United States, is a significant risk factor for many conditions that can shorten your life, particularly cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes. Healthcare providers diagnose obesity by measuring body mass index (BMI), which is defined as a measure of body fat based on height and weight (be consistent with definition – it’s used differently in other copy). Acceptable ranges fall within the 18.5 and 24.9 range. A patient is considered obese at 30.0 and above.
Consult with your healthcare provider about steps you can take to lose and maintain a healthy weight. A balanced diet and exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. Patients with an elevated BMI may be good candidates for bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass, banding or sleeve surgery.
Patients who are obese are at a risk for the following conditions:
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