General Article Am I obese or overweight?

Topic Selected: Fitness Book Volume: 384

This may be a strange question but do many of us really know the answer? What is classed as obesity, or am I just overweight, and is there a difference?

By Justine Clarabut 

The term ‘obese’ describes someone that is carrying excess body fat. Obesity is usually measured using a BMI (body mass index) calculation. The guide below shows the range of BMI scores which indicate whether you are a healthy weight, overweight or obese. BMI is a universally recognised method of working out if someone is a healthy weight for their height. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in metres. Weight (kg) ÷ Height (m) x Height (m) = BMI (For example: 75kg ÷ 1.8m x 1.8m = 23.1)

Muscle Mass versus BMI 

It is worth noting that BMI is merely an indication to see if someone is a healthy weight, it is not used to diagnose obesity! The reason being that some people are considered to be overweight according to their BMI despite having low body fat as they exhibit h...

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