What is Obesity?
In simple terms, obesity means having too much excess body fat. It is a weight classification beyond being overweight. The chart below shows weight classifications based on Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is calculated as a ratio of your weight to your height. As you can see, there are several classes even beyond the obese category.
Body Fat Scan Obese Person vs. Normal Person
Belos is an image that compares body fat scans of two people, one weighing 250 lb and the other weighing 120 lb.
United States Obesity Trends Maps 1985 to 2010
These maps show how the body mass index (BMI) of the United States has gone up drastically between 1985 and 2010.
Prevalence of Obesity in United States (1960 to 2010)
These graphs show how the percentage of population that is obese has gone from 10.7% in 1960 to 34.4% in 2010.
Obesity-Related Diseases, Illnesses, and Deaths
There are numerous diseases related to obesity including: stroke, type-2 diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, colon cancer, and osteoarthritis.
The chart below shows how your BMI (your weight classification) impacts your mortality (how long you live). Not only can you see how being overweight impacts your health, but you can also see how being underweight is just as bad.
Written and edited by Muhammad Saleem