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How many pounds overweight is considered obese?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends on height
The categories normal, overweight, and obese are defined by the body mass index (bmi), which is a measurement that looks at a person's weight in comparison to his height.
Tall people are allowed to weigh more than short people are. Bmi calculators are available at a doctor's office and also on the internet. An adult with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 is overweight, and 30 or more is obese.

In brief: Depends on height
The categories normal, overweight, and obese are defined by the body mass index (bmi), which is a measurement that looks at a person's weight in comparison to his height.
Tall people are allowed to weigh more than short people are. Bmi calculators are available at a doctor's office and also on the internet. An adult with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 is overweight, and 30 or more is obese.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. David Liu
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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