Obesity or Overweight, What’s the Difference?

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This is a very crucial question because while being overweight can have social represuccions like not finding many cute outfits to choose from nor enjoying time at the beach, being morbidly obese can have serious medical effects as well.

The best way to distinguish beteween being overweight and obese is to calculate your body mass index, or simply use an overweight test. It is a more meaningful number as opposed to the three digits you see on your bathroom scale. This is because it tells you if you are in the ideal range of weight in proportion to your height, age and gender.


A 5ft woman who weighs 160lbs can be considered obese, but another person who stands 6ft may be just at the correct weight.

A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is known as a healthy average. Anyone with a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered to be overweight and a BMI over 30 is considered obese. An increase of death is observed when a persons BMI reaches 40 and above.

To determine the proper weight, always use the BMI. It’s inaccurate to look at how the jeans fit, dress size, or other projections. There is no weight loss bible that says a size 10 is fine and a size 12 is fat. Age and gender is a factor along with height. As you grow older, the weight range which is ideal for you expands a little to accommodate for a slower metbolism. Though, becoming older does not give one an excuse to put on large amounts of weight. When becoming old, you can have heart issues, joint problems, and other conditions if you are overweight.

It Can Be Done!

Obesity in teens has unfortunately become one of the major threats in the United States which is  ironic because we work more than any other nation, take fewer vacations and are more educated than other countries. We continue to have stationary jobs and then eat highly processed and high fat foods.

If we just eat a little more healthfully and move a little more, we can fight the obesity epidemic. Make the change and don’t be laughed at when ordering those Whoppers or huge lattes. We need to take this as a wake up call and start incluclating healthy habits, if not for our sake, for the sake of our future generations.

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