Defining Over-Weight and Obesity

Overweight denotes excessive body weight relative to height. Obesity is defined as an excess accumulation of body fat with increased fat cell size and number.

The body mass index, or BMI, is the most common medical assessment of obesity and overweight.

The formula for figuring your BMI is:
BMI = (weight/height squared) x 703

An individual with a BMI of 25-30 is considered overweight. A BMI of greater than 30 is classified as obese.

Obesity has much to do with a sedentary lifestyle, where children and adults spend more time sitting than walking. Our lifestyle and our environment have allowed this condition of obesity / overweight to increase at an alarming rate and to become a pressing health problem for our nation. This lack of exercise and physical activities results in deposit of excess or unused fat cells causing obesity.