What is Morbid Obesity?

Perhaps you or a loved one has been told by your doctor that you are not only considered to be overweight, but that you are also considered what is called morbidly obese. Or perhaps after reading one of our previous blog posts you calculated your body mass index (BMI) and realized that you fall into the morbidly obese category. What does that mean, and how does it differ from simply being overweight?

Obesity is a condition in which you have a high body mass index (BMI), or too much body fat for your height. Obesity is the not the same as being overweight, which is when your weight is higher than what is healthy for your height. In people who are overweight, the excess weight may be caused by high bone density, body structure, or excess body fat.

Morbid obesity occurs when the excess body fat becomes a danger to your overall health. Morbid obesity is a serious health condition that can interfere with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking. Those who are morbidly obese are at greater risk for illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, osteoarthritis, heart disease, and cancer.

Morbid obesity is diagnosed by determining BMI. BMI is defined by the ratio of an individual’s height to his or her weight. Normal BMI ranges from 20-25. An individual is considered morbidly obese if he or she is 100 pounds over his/her ideal body weight, has a BMI of 40 or more, or has a BMI of 35 or more and is experiencing obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. morbid obesity image

If you are morbidly obese and are ready to take the necessary steps to improve your health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tsuda. He and his expert team can analyze your unique case and work with you to design a treatment plan that is perfect for you.

Read more online at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007297.htm

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