The urbanization of the 21st century and the lifestyle changes have led to a significant rise in the number of people suffering from obesity. The advent of machines and gadgets that have come to make human lives easier, has also entailed its own downsides. Today, people in many societies have lower physical activity compared to their ancestors.

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Obesity has become an epidemic in many countries, especially more developed ones. In the United States, for instance, 1 in every 3 adult persons are suffering from obesity. If we add people who have only some degree of overweight, the figure would reach to almost 70 percent. Although having a few pounds of excess fat is not a big thing to worry about, putting on a large amount of fat becomes something more than a simple irritation: it becomes a disease. If you are concerned about your excess weight and are looking for the best option to treat your condition, keep reading this article.

Who is obese?

Obesity is a condition when a person’s weight is at least 20 percent higher than the normal weight. In other words, when a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might negatively affect his/her health.

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What is the ideal weight?

An ideal weight is a weight a person feels comfortable and healthy having it: a weight that does not create health issues for people. Technically speaking, an ideal weight is when a person has a BMI of 18.5 to 25. If a person has a BMI of 25-30 he/she is considered overweight and if the BMI is over 30, he/she is obese.

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What is BMI?

BMI or Body Mass Index is an indicator that tells you if you have normal weight or you are overweight (or underweight) and to what degree. It uses your weight and height in relation to each other for this purpose.

How to calculate my BMI?

It’s so simple. First divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters, then divide the answer by your height again. For example, if your weight is 98 kilograms and your height is 168 centimeters, your BMI is calculated as follows: 98/1.68=58.33 » 58.33/1.68=34.72. You can also divide the weigh (kg) by the height (m) squared. Th BMI calculation formula is illustrated below.

BMI formula

Not into formulas and calculations? Just insert your height and weight in the fields below and the calculator will tell your BMI.