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Question: How is obesity currently defined?


Obesity is the level of overweightness associated with significant mortality and morbidity. Obesity is determined by body mass index (BMI). The BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared (weight in kg)/(height in meters)2. Individuals are currently considered overweight if the BMI is greater than 25. Levels of obesity are defined as follows:
BMI < 25: Normal
BMI 25-29.9: Overweight
BMI 30-34.9: Mild obesity
BMI 35-39.9: Moderate obesity
BMI > 40: Severe obesity

Reference: Basa ALP, Afsharkharaghan H (Zollo A, ed): Endocrinology in Medical Secrets, 3rd ed. 2001.

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