How Much Overweight To Be Obese?
We have to distinguish the obesity of the overweight, which is also an excess weight, but less important. The morbid obesity is a type of very advanced obesity. It would be so harmful for the health which it would make lose from 8 to 10 years of life. So, How much overweight to be obese?
Various measures are used to supply further information and to predict the obesity impact on the health:
The Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI allows to quantify an excess weight compared with threshold values. Thus, it is a good marker of the overweight, with the exception of the sportsmen who have a very high muscle mass. This indication is calculated by dividing the weight (kg) by square of the size (m2).
BMI = weight (Kg) / size (m)²
We speak about overweight when BMI is situated between 25 and 29.9; about obesity when it equals or exceeds 30; and about morbid obesity if it equals or exceeds 40. The health weight corresponds to BMI between 18.5 and 25.
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The Waist Measurement
The waist measurement is a marker of adiposity additional of the BMI. This measure (circumference of the belly) allows, by means of a measuring tape, to identify an excess of fat at the level of the belly. When the waist measurement is upper to 34.64 inch for women or 40.15 inch for men, we consider that it is an abdominal obesity.
According to a scientific study, the average waist measurement of the men increased by 1.49 inch in 15 years, passing from 35.94 inch in 1997 to 37.43 inch in 2012. For women, the average waist measurement increased by 2.64 inch in 15 years, passing from 31.41 inch in 1997 to 34.05 inch in 2012.
The abdominal obesity is associated with a greater risk of: diabetes, hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, and vascular disease.