Obesity Overview

Obesity means a person has too much body fat. It is sometimes described as when a person has a body weight that is greater than what is healthy for their height, but that does not take into account the added weight of muscle mass. Obesity is a condition of excess weight due to too much body fat, not too much muscle.

Obesity is not a disease itself. It is a condition that can increase a person’s risk for certain health problems such as heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, and some types of cancer.

According to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and teens in America are obese.


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