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i want to know what is the difference between being overweight and obese?

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Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Calculate BMI: Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height squared (in metric units). Overweight is regarded as a bmi of 25 or higher. Obesity is generally regarded as a bmi of 30 or higher. This calculator will allow you to figure out your bmi using pounds and inches: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc.Htm.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between overweight, obese and morbidly obese?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Bigger & Bigger BMI: The categories overweight, obese, & morbidly obese are defined by the body mass index (bmi), which is a measurement that looks at one's weight in comparison to his height. Tall people are allowed to weigh more than short people are. Bmi calculators are available at the doctor's office and also online. An adult with a BMI of 25-29.9 is overweight, 30-39.9 is obese, and 40 or more is morbidly obese.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How does limiting fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
More calories/gram: Fats contain 9 calories in every gram while carbs and protein have only 4 calories per gram. So eating a food that is mostly fat will give you more than 2 1/2 times the calories of a food the same size that is mostly carbs or protein. For example, putting a tablespoon of butter or margarine on a slice of bread will give you 2 1/2 times the calories as a tablespoon of jam, which is mostly carbs.
Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
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Oops, I meant to say that fats have more than 2 times the calories of carbs and protein.
Apr 14, 2012
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the health effects of being overweight or obese in someone previously thin?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Obesity: Raises blood pressure can develop type 2 diabetes both increase risk of heart disease.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between overweight and obese ?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Body Mass Index: Calculating the body mass index (bmi) is the most common way people distinguish "overweight" from "obese". Using a bmi chart values 18.5 - 24.9 are considered "ideal"; values 25 - 30 are considered "overweight"; values over 30 are considered "obese".
Dr. Vythilingam Alagappan
Bariatrics 39 years experience
Before the advent of the EMR Internists never took the time to define and classify obesity. Besides now Obesity is approved to deserve as a disease entity by itself. When we enter in the patient's height and weight, the computer automatically calculates the BMI. The above information is correct. The ideal BMI is between 20-25. 26-30 is overweight 30-35 Class 1 36-40 Class 2 and above 40 is Class3
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Nobody in my family is obese or even overweight. Why do I have to be obese? (5'6, 220lbs)

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Obese: Genetics play a role in obesity but you still have to ingest too many calories and not exercise enough to burn off what you ingest.

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