From Fat to Fit
One of the major health concerns faced by many countries today is obesity, a chronic condition in which the patient has excessive fat within the body.
Today, obesity is not just an image problem. Excessive fat in the body can be caused by genetic, environmental and social factors, and it is a chronic disease that requires treatment. This condition severely affects quality of life, making it difficult to move as you will, and is associated with health problems including high blood pressure, infertility, joint pain, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.
One way to determine if a person is obese is through their Body Mass Index (BMI), calculated using their height and weight. In Asia, due to the high risk of metabolic disease associated with obesity, the cut-off point is lower than that for the western population.
- 5 to 22.4 – Healthy Weight
- 5 to 27.4 – Overweight
- 5 to 37.4 – Moderate Obesity
- 5 and above – Severe Obesity