Obesity is a life-long, progressive, life-threatening condition marked by excess body fat, which can significantly reduce life expectancy. When weight increases to an extreme level, it is called morbid obesity, and is a chronic condition with numerous medical, psychological, social and economic consequences. Morbid obesity is diagnosed when a person is over 200 percent of his or her ideal weight, more than 100 pounds overweight, or with a body mass index (BMI)* greater than 40, or greater than 35 with weight-related health problems.
Health problems associated with morbid obesity include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, sleep apnea, arthritis, depression, stress incontinence, menstrual irregularity, and some types of cancer. Weight loss can greatly reduce these risks, improve overall health, and enhance quality of life.
Calculate your BMI using the CDC BMI calculator (link will open in a new window)
*BMI is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. That is, BMI = weight in kg/(height in m)2