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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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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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What is massively vs. Morbidly obese?

What is massively vs. Morbidly obese?

Same. Actually: Morbid and massive obesity are the same (bmi over 40). Severe obesity is when the bmi is over 50. ...Read more

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How can I help a low functioning morbidly obese adult?

How can I help a low functioning morbidly obese adult?

Motivate them: Its very hard to change someone's behaviour unless they want to. However i think having a positive influence, showing them how healthy food can be yummy, exercise can be fun or just moving around can be may motivate them to make a change. Also emphasizing their improved quality of life. Berating someone or negative talk most likely will not lead to any real change. They have heard it before. ...Read more

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What exercise are good for the morbidly obese person?

What exercise are good for the morbidly  obese person?

Any: Any increase in your physical activity is good for you. If your knees, back, etc hurt because of your weight consider low impact exercise like water aroebics or swimming. ...Read more

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How obese do you have to be to be considered morbidly obese?

How obese do you have to be to be considered morbidly obese?

BMI 40 or higher: Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height squared. Overweight is regarded as a bmi of 25 or higher. Obesity is a bmi of 30 or higher. Morbid obesity is a bmi 40 or higher, and is associated with increased increased disease, disability and death. This calculator will allow you to figure out your bmi using pounds and inches: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc. ...Read more

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I've been morbidly obese for most of my life, should I just accept it?

I've been morbidly obese for most of my life, should I just accept it?

Willpower dedication: If there's a will theres a way. Watch "biggest loser" for some motivation! if it were easy, everyone would be thin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a super morbidly obese person lost the weight, would they still have complications?

Can you tell me if a super morbidly obese person lost the weight, would they still have complications?

Super obese: It depends on so many things. How heavy they were, how much weight they lose, what medical problems they had, how severe they were, etc. However, no matter how you look at it, the super obese individual that loses a significant amount of weight will be much healthier and have a lower risk of death than if they stayed super obese. ...Read more

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I'm 5'5 and weigh 280 lbs. Am i morbidly obese?

Yes: Hi. Your BMI is 46.5, morbidly obese. At your young age, that places you at very high risk for obesity-related diseases in the future. Naturally you want to eat healthily and exercise regularly, but you should also consider weight loss drugs and bariatric surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will liposuction help someone who is morbidly obese?

Will liposuction help someone who is morbidly obese?

Liposuction: Liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss. Liposuction is a good option for those stubborn areas of fat around certain areas such as the buttock, hips, arms, legs, waist, abdomen, or even the neck/chin. A tummy tuck or even a body lift may be a suitable option for medium to larger-sized individuals. The surgeon will discuss all of the options during consultation. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more