Understanding Obesity

You’ve struggled with dieting and exercise – perhaps even used medication – to help lose weight. But despite all your best attempts, the pounds just don’t seem to come off and stay off. And, you can’t figure out why.

Take comfort in knowing that you are not to blame. Obesity is a complex disease with numerous causes, many of which you can’t control.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there’s a difference between being overweight and being obese. A person can be overweight for his/her height due to muscle, bone, fat and/or body water. Obesity occurs when a person has too much body fat, generally:

  • Men: 25+ %
  • Women: 30+ %

At AtlantiCare, we use the Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator (below) in determining overweight and obesity levels.

Those who are morbidly obese put themselves at greater risk for serious illnesses that jeopardize health. That’s why it’s so important to seek help from qualified medical professionals who understand the issues you face and can help guide you in your choice of weight loss options.

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