of U.S. Adults are Obese

Obesity is a medical condition that occurs when excess fat accumulates throughout the body, causing weight gain and negative health effects. Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to measure a person's extent of obesity using the following formula:

BMI = body weight (kg) / height² (m)

Obesity can cause strain on many organs, such as the heart, liver, and stomach. Obesity can also cause severe health problems, like diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure.

Continue reading for more information on risk factors, symptoms, and prevention of obesity and the serious conditions it can cause.

Risk Factors


Genes can affect the amount of body fat you store and where fat is distributed throughout your body. Parents' lifestyle choices before and during pregnancy can influence a child's genetic makeup.

High BMI
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  • Weight gain
  • Increased sweating
  • Shortness of breath with sudden physical activity
  • Lack of energy and snoring
  • Joint and back pain
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Coronary Artery Disease, Diabetes, and Stroke
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol

Prevention and Treatment

  • Exercise regularly
  • Follow a healthy eating plan
  • Know and avoid the food traps that cause you to eat
  • Monitor your weight regularly
  • Be consistent with your diet and exercise
  • Severe cases can be treated with weight loss surgeries

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