10 Health Risks of Obesity
Individuals who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of developing numerous health problems. They are in danger of developing type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.
More than 2 in 3 adults are considered obese or overweight; more than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity; and approximately one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 9 are considered overweight or obese, according to research by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.[slideshow:87177]
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According to the American Heart Association, “people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese.” It’s important to measure your body mass index and waist circumference to tell if you are overweight.