Obesity

Why is being obese a problem?

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​​Obesity is a condition of excess or abnormal storage of fat in the body which is harmful to health. The most widely used method of defining whether someone is obese is the body mass index (BMI): BMI = weight (kg) / [height (m) x height (m)]​

For the same BMI, Asians have more body fat compared to Caucasians, and are at higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease at BMI ≥ 23 kg/m2. The risk increases with higher BMI, especially at BMI ≥ 27.5 kg/m2. 

A large waist circumference (abdominal obesity) also increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Larger waist circumference means that there is more fat stored in the abdomen. Fat storage inside the abdomen interferes with the function of the heart, liver and other vital organs. The risk of heart disease and other illnesses related to obesity is increased above a certain waist circumference. 

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