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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more


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

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

BMI is key: Overweight is a bmi over 25. (about 20-25 pounds overweight). Obesity is a bmi from 30-35. This is roughly 30-60 pounds overweight. Morbid obesity is a bmi over 35 (roughly 70 or more pounds overweight). ...Read more

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How many pounds overweight is considered obese?

How many pounds overweight is considered obese?

By percentage: It is not the absolute pounds, but takes into consideration you height (in the bmi calculation). More useful, at least in the disease process, is the waist/hip ratio, which shows how much abdominal fat one has. Abdominal fat is particularly metabolically active, and thus more dangerous than leg fat (for example). >102 centimetres (40 in) in men and >88 centimetres (35 in) in women are obese. ...Read more

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What defines overweight?

What defines overweight?

Charts: Overweight is defined as having a bmi of 25-30 while obese is having a bmi over 30. Bmi is a calculation based on your height and weight. It is not perfect but a very good general guideline for most people to go by ( football athlete with lots of muscle mass may be technically "obese" on the charts while not actually having too much body fat). ...Read more

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What is the ideal weight of girl who is 5 inch tall an of age 21?

What is the ideal weight of girl who is 5 inch tall an of age 21?

5 inch tall ??: The ideal weight does not exist for a girl 5 inches tall.Maybe you should start over and submit a different set of measures. ...Read more

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What percent of americans are obese with a BMI of over 25?

What percent of americans are obese with a BMI of over 25?

65% over BMI 25: 35% are overweight (bmi 25-30). An additional 30% are obese (bmi over 30). That means only 1/3 in the us are "normal" weight. Pretty staggering. ...Read more

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Is BMI of 25 overweight or fat for normally thin person?

Is BMI of 25 overweight or fat for normally thin person?

Marginally: A bmi between 18 and 25 is considered normal, 25-30 overweight, over 30 obese. Having said that, some people, due to bone mass and the proportion of fat vs lean mass, can have a normal bmi but have too much body fat, or conversely can have a high bmi but have a normal amount of fat. ...Read more

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Is 210 pounds consider obese at the height of 5'3?

Is 210 pounds consider obese at the height of 5'3?

Yes: Yes, 210 pounds is a lot of weight. A 63-inch person with that weight would appear obese. It is a lot of weight because a 63-inch woman should weigh about 115 pounds, plus or minus 15 pounds. ...Read more

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Is a BMI of 17.8 considered healthy?

Stability is key: Certainly this is below 18.5, which is the low end of normal. However, if you have always been thin, then this is really nothing to worry about. If there are signs of eating disorders, these in themselves have significant health consequences and need to be addressed. ...Read more

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What is the normal body mass index of obese people?

BMI depends on you: On average, when you look at a population, bmi should be less than 25. Between 25-30 is called overweight, and over 30 is obese. However, some people are different. Muscular and "stocky" people can have a high bmi but have low body fat. For many people, it is better to strive for overall health and fitness and not obsess over a precise bmi. ...Read more

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What level of difficulty is gaining 2 pounds of muscle?

What level of difficulty is gaining 2 pounds of muscle?

Will take...: At best, doing total 4-limb resistance exercise, one month, and faster during the second month-3-4lbs. Cellular hypertrophy does not even begin before two weeks! ...Read more

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At what percentage of body fat is a young man considered obese?

> 25% for men: Body fat percentage is total body fat expressed as percentage of total body weight. Cut-off point defining obesity is >25% for men. Body fat percentage=1.2xbmi +0.23xage-5.4-10.8xgender. (gender=o for females and 1 for males). Body mass index (bmi) is the weight in kilograms divided by the height in meters squared to equal the percentage range in which one's bmi should fall. 30 or > is obese. ...Read more

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My BMI is 25.5. I's this considered overweight? I'm 5'3 and weight 144 pounds.

Yes: It is slightly over weight. It is not good for a young person to start out adult life as being over-weight. See this site for more info. http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bminojs.htm. ...Read more

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What percent of america is obese at end of 2012?

What percent of america is obese at end of 2012?

Too many- read on: By definition a person is considered obese if bmi is 30 or greater. The percentage is 35.7 and source is the cdc. I attached the website where you can read the cdc report and see the slides. http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html. ...Read more

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What is the difference in medical risks, between overweight and obese?

A lot!: The classifications for overweight and obese that are currently in use are based on the body mass index measurement (bmi). Studies have clearly demonstrated morbidity and mortality risks at both underweight and overweight measurements, compared to 'ideal' bmi. However, the level at which optimum risk reduction is seen is not clear, with some showing overweight as best. At obese it is increased. ...Read more

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Is ideal BMI range dependent on person's race for diabetes/heart disease risk reduction? Why?

Is ideal BMI range dependent on person's race for diabetes/heart disease risk reduction?  Why?

No: The BMI is simply your weight with respect to your height - an overly simplistic and thereby essentially flawed assessment of your health. It's a bit better when used in combination with body fat measurement. That being said, a high BMI might be associated with diabetes and heart disease amongst other health conditions. ...Read more

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Please describe the mortality rate for morbidly obese women?

Please describe the mortality rate for morbidly obese women?

About 3-fold higher: According to this paper a woman in her 30's who has morbid obesity (bmi more than 40) is 3.3 fold more likely to die than a woman of the same age who has a bmi of under 25. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10227319. ...Read more

Bmi (Definition)

Bmi or body mass index is how we define if a person is under or overweight. It is calculated my taking your height in meters and dividing it by your weight in kilograms squared. Or using a bmi calculator. A normal weight is a bmi between 18-25. Obese is a ...Read more


Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more