What is Morbid Obesity?

December 16, 2006 · Filed Under excercise, obesity 

Morbid obesity is a term used a lot lately in the media to describe the gaining weight of people around the world. So just what is the definition? I was actually surprised by the actual definition. I always thought that morbidly obese people where ones who where as wide as they were tall, but this is not accurate. You do not have to be overly large to be considered morbidly obese.


A person is considered morbidly obese if their body mass index is above 40. This number drops to greater than 35 if they have other health problems such as diabetes or heart problems as well as other life threatening issues. People who are morbidly obese have a much higher chance of developing a lot of medical problems from heart failure, to diabetes, to cancer. There are a lot of health problems that can be attributed to obesity and the risk of these health problems increase as your BMI rises. There are many BMI calculators on the internet that you can use to see if you are classified as morbidly obese.


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