Obesity is the most important preventable cause of death after smoking. Rather than a cosmetic problem, obesity is a serious disease. It also a health problem that is increasingly threatening public health.
The Diagnosis of Obesity is based on Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI = Weight (kg)/ Height (m2)
- BMI = 19 – 25: normal body weight
- BMI = 25 – 30: overnight
- BMI = 40 – 50: morbid obesity
- BMI > 50: super morbid obesity.
For example, A person with a height of 1.60 m is:
- Normal if the bodyweight is 49-64,
- Overweight if the bodyweight is 65-77,
- Obese if the bodyweight is 78-102,
- Morbid obese if the bodyweight is 103-127,
- Super morbid obese if the bodyweight is 128-153,
- Super, super morbid was obese if bodyweight is>154.