What is obesity?

Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat that increases the risk of other health problems. The most common tool for determining if someone is obese is body mass index (BMI), which measures a person's weight in relation to their height.

A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. Obesity puts people at higher risk for:

What causes obesity?

Obesity is generally caused by a combination of:

In many cases, it's not just one factor that leads to obesity - multiple influences are often at play.

How is obesity treated?

The main treatments for obesity include:

I hope this gives you a helpful overview on the key aspects of obesity! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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