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Defining Overweight and Obesity

Being overweight or obese is the result of consuming too many calories which the body does not need. To find out whether we are within a healthy, or overweight, obese or morbidly obese range, we use a tool called the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. This calculates our height and weight ratio and gives us a reading accordingly.

Please use our BMI Calculator to help you to find where you fall in these categories.

Body Mass Index standards:

  • BMI 18.5 to 24.9 Healthy Weight
  • BMI 25 to 29.9 Overweight
  • BMI 30 to 39.9 Obese
  • BMI 40 to 49.9 Morbidly Obese
  • BMI 50 or higher Super Obese

Definition of Overweight
Being overweight is defined as being heavier or fatter than the recommended height and weight range for their age. It is often seen as a 'pre-obesity' phase whereby this goes unchecked and progresses to obesity.

Definition of Obesity
Obesity is known to most people as being more than just overweight but been very overweight. Obesity is a serious medical condition where there is an accumulation of excess body fat

Surprisingly there are more people that are categorized as being obese than we know. Sometimes we are aware of being ‘a little rounded’ when our clothes don’t fit any more but there are many people who choose to ignore this and just buy bigger clothes. Using the Body Mass Index calculator, if the calculation figure goes above 30 then this is classified as ‘obese.’

Waist Hip Ratio
We can use the waist hip ratio (WHR) to determine the fat distribution of an individual.
To measure waist-hip ratio, measure your waist just above the belly button. Then, measure the hip circumference at the widest part of your buttocks with the legs close together. The waist circumference is divided by the hip circumference and equals to waist-hip ratio.

In WHR, the body fat distribution determines the associated risk for health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary heart disease.

Below is a chart that determines the body fat distribution according waist-hip ratio and their associated health risks:

Hip Waist or Belly
Your waist to hip ratio is:
MALE FEMALE Health Risk Based Solely on WHR
0.95 or below 0.80 or below Low risk
0.96 to 1.0 0.81 to 0.85 Moderate Risk
1.0+ 0.85+ High Risk

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