Obesity is a common, serious, and costly disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
- An adult who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
- An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
Not sure how to measure BMI? Calculate your BMI
Health Conditions Related to Obesity
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Liver and gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Gynecological problems (abnormal menstrual period, infertility)
Strategies to Prevent Obesity
- Know your body mass index (BMI)
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get regular physical activity
Sources: South Dakota Department of Health Work Well Toolkit