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Obesity

Obesity

Obesity means having so much body fat that your health is in danger. It's usually measured by body mass index (BMI), which is based on your weight compared to your height. In adults, obesity is a BMI of 30 or above.

Being obese can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and stroke.

Last Revised: October 9, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

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