What is obesity?
The United States has experienced a growing obesity epidemic during the past 30 years that has caused nearly 70% of adults to be overweight. More than a third of that group is obese, or extremely overweight. Just 20 years ago, only 56% of adults were overweight. The percentage of overweight and obese children has also increased dramatically.
Obesity is a complex disease that means weighing more than what’s considered healthy for your height. It is a serious medical problem that increases your chances of developing other diseases and health problems -- heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.
Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity isn't just a cosmetic concern. It's a medical problem that increases the risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.
What is adiposity?
Adiposity is severe obesity, also called morbid obesity. According to the BMI, obesity is diagnosed at 30 or higher. Adiposity/severe obesity is diagnosed at a BMI of 40 or higher. Overweight is 25 to less than 30. In contrast, a healthy weight range is considered to be 18.5 to less than 25.
What is a chronic disease?
Chronic disease includes any adverse condition or problem that lasts for a year or more, often for the rest of your life, and requires long-term medical attention. Chronic disease often limits normal daily activities, are the leading causes of death and disability, and are causing health care costs to soar. Chronic diseases can be caused by obesity or adiposity, having poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and excessive alcohol use.
Why should I worry about my weight?
A healthy weight is crucial to reaching and maintaining good health. As BMI increases, the risk of serious disease increases. Obesity puts added stress on your bones, joints, and internal organs by making them work harder. It increases your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Fat causes inflammation that damages cells. Your mobility, stamina, and ability to exercise are all decreased with weight gain. Obesity is associated with poorer mental health and a reduced quality of life.