DEFINITION OF OBESITY
& HOW TO INTERPRET IT

20 Facts on Obesity #1

The definition of obesity can be defined by your Body Mass Index (BMI). It's a simple and accurate way to calculate your ideal weight.

BMI is a measurement using your height and weight that's been used since the 1950s.

You can also use the CDC's handy widget calculator to the right. Or for children and teens, use the CDC's Child & Teen BMI Calculator.

Definition of Obesity by Body Mass Index

The accepted definition of obesity is a Body Mass Index number that exceeds 30.

BMI Score
30 or more = obese
25 - 29.9 = overweight
18.5 - 24.9 = healthy
18.5 or less = underweight

Obesity Calculator Chart for Determining Your BMI Score

To use the table, find the appropriate height in the left-hand column labeled Height. Move across to a given weight (in pounds). The number at the top of the column is the BMI at that height and weight. Pounds have been rounded off.

BMI 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
Height
(inches)
Body Weight (pounds)
58 91 96 100 105 110 115 119 124 129 134 138 143 148 153 158 162 167
59 94 99 104 109 114 119 124 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 173
60 97 102 107 112 118 123 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 174 179
61 100 106 111 116 122 127 132 137 143 148 153 158 164 169 174 180 185
62 104 109 115 120 126 131 136 142 147 153 158 164 169 175 180 186 191
63 107 113 118 124 130 135 141 146 152 158 163 169 175 180 186 191 197
64 110 116 122 128 134 140 145 151 157 163 169 174 180 186 192 197 204
65 114 120 126 132 138 144 150 156 162 168 174 180 186 192 198 204 210
66 118 124 130 136 142 148 155 161 167 173 179 186 192 198 204 210 216
67 121 127 134 140 146 153 159 166 172 178 185 191 198 204 211 217 223
68 125 131 138 144 151 158 164 171 177 184 190 197 203 210 216 223 230
69 128 135 142 149 155 162 169 176 182 189 196 203 209 216 223 230 236
70 132 139 146 153 160 167 174 181 188 195 202 209 216 222 229 236 243
71 136 143 150 157 165 172 179 186 193 200 208 215 222 229 236 243 250
72 140 147 154 162 169 177 184 191 199 206 213 221 228 235 242 250 258
73 144 151 159 166 174 182 189 197 204 212 219 227 235 242 250 257 265
74 148 155 163 171 179 186 194 202 210 218 225 233 241 249 256 264 272
75 152 160 168 176 184 192 200 208 216 224 232 240 248 256 264 272 279
76 156 164 172 180 189 197 205 213 221 230 238 246 254 263 271 279 287

For BMI greater than 35...

BMI 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54
Height
(inches)
Body Weight (pounds)
58 172 177 181 186 191 196 201 205 210 215 220 224 229 234 239 244 248 253 258
59 178 183 188 193 198 203 208 212 217 222 227 232 237 242 247 252 257 262 267
60 184 189 194 199 204 209 215 220 225 230 235 240 245 250 255 261 266 271 276
61 190 195 201 206 211 217 222 227 232 238 243 248 254 259 264 269 275 280 285
62 196 202 207 213 218 224 229 235 240 246 251 256 262 267 273 278 284 289 295
63 203 208 214 220 225 231 237 242 248 254 259 265 270 278 282 287 293 299 304
64 209 215 221 227 232 238 244 250 256 262 267 273 279 285 291 296 302 308 314
65 216 222 228 234 240 246 252 258 264 270 276 282 288 294 300 306 312 318 324
66 223 229 235 241 247 253 260 266 272 278 284 291 297 303 309 315 322 328 334
67 230 236 242 249 255 261 268 274 280 287 293 299 306 312 319 325 331 338 344
68 236 243 249 256 262 269 276 282 289 295 302 308 315 322 328 335 341 348 354
69 243 250 257 263 270 277 284 291 297 304 311 318 324 331 338 345 351 358 365
70 250 257 264 271 278 285 292 299 306 313 320 327 334 341 348 355 362 369 376
71 257 265 272 279 286 293 301 308 315 322 329 338 343 351 358 365 372 379 386
72 265 272 279 287 294 302 309 316 324 331 338 346 353 361 368 375 383 390 397
73 272 280 288 295 302 310 318 325 333 340 348 355 363 371 378 386 393 401 408
74 280 287 295 303 311 319 326 334 342 350 358 365 373 381 389 396 404 412 420
75 287 295 303 311 319 327 335 343 351 359 367 375 383 391 399 407 415 423 431
76 295 304 312 320 328 336 344 353 361 369 377 385 394 402 410 418 426 435 443

NOTE: BMI is calculated by age and sex. The adult chart doesn't work for children and teens. Find the Child and Teen BMI chart on the Centers for Disease Control web site.

More Definitions of Obesity

Another accepted definition of obesity can be calculated by your doctor, measuring your percentage of body fat.

A very simple method requires you use a tape measure and measure the size of your waist. Women's waist size should not exceed 32 inches while mens's ideal waist size is no more than 35 inches. A 40 plus inch waist size puts you in the health risk danger zone.

Keep in mind the definition of obesity is not accurate for everyone 100% of the time.

Body builders, weight lifters and professional athletes have enormous muscle mass. There scale weight and BMI score may say obese even though their percentage of body fat is low. However, for most of us, the Body Mass Index score and waist measurement gives an accurate and dependable measurement for defining ideal body weight.

You can also define obesity by the type and degree of physical limitations caused by excessive weight.

Definitions of Obesity by Physical Limitations

Chronic fatigue, immobility, physical discomfort, shortness of breath, ankle, knee, hip and back pain are not measured by a BMI calculator but are symptoms of obesity. Frankly, many people defined as obese from a Body Mass Index measurement are as fit as a naturally thin, size five poster girl.

Ask yourself these questions. Does your excessive weight limit or encumber physical movement, such as walking, mowing the lawn, climbing stairs or standing an hour at a time?

How do you feel about being overweight? Your mental health is a much overlooked measurement of the definition of obesity. Are you embarrassed or ashamed of your weight? Do you diet constantly? Avoid human interaction? Are you depressed about your condition? Do you feel losing weight is futile or hopeless? Or that reaching your ideal body weight is beyond your dreams. All of these are symptoms that accompany obesity.

Obese people are aware of their condition. Yet most pay no attention to the three primary categories -- 1) overweight, 2) obese, 3) morbid obesity. People are rightly more concerned about losing weight than the correct definition of obesity category they fit into.

What's Your Definition of Obesity?

Would you be happier and enjoy life more if you lost weight? If you answered "yes," consider reviewing this web site. Participate in the Facts About Obesity Survey. See what 5,000 people said about being overweight and the best tips to lose it. Check out the Portion Perversion section and prove to yourself you don't have to suffer another starve and sweat diet to reach and maintain your ideal weight. Go to the 110 Quick Weight Loss Tips to discover what works for weight loss and why.

Regardless of your definition of obesity, one important fact cannot be denied. You are in 100% control of what and how much you eat. If you're not in control... WHO IS?

Review this web site. Read about Invisible Weight Loss. Subscribe to my Free Weight Loss Help Ezine, then write your own definition of obesity starting with these two words… PAST HISTORY!

20 FACTS ON OBESITY Tip #1

The definition of obesity is wide and varied. There are as many definitions as there are obese people. However, obesity is a consent condition. You control the outcome 100%.


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