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Obesity information

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight or weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone or water, as well as from having too much fat. Both terms mean that a person's weight is higher than what is thought to be healthy for his or her height. Obesity is a potentially life-threatening condition that can contribute to many serious illnesses, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Respiratory disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Amenorrhea
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Asthma/pulmonary disorder
  • Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Heart disease
  • Gallstones
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Infertility

Morbid obesity is considered clinically severe. Surgical qualifications include:

  • More than 200 percent of ideal weight or more than 100 pounds overweight.
  • Body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 40.
  • BMI greater than or equal to 35 with one or more severe comorbid conditions.

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. Calculate your BMI now.

For information and an appointment for consultation, call 308.568.8508.

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