Being overweight or obese can also cause psychological problems such as low self esteem. Teasing about their appearance may affects an overweight person’s confidence and self-esteem and can lead to isolation and depression.
Obesity and being overweight are not exactly the same thing. An obese person has a large amount of extra body fat, not just a few extra pounds. People who are obese are very overweight and at risk for serious health problems.
A measurement called body mass index (BMI) is used as a guide. BMI is the ratio between your weight and the square of your height, using metric measurements. That is,
BMI = weight in kg/(height in metre X height in metre)
You can use the embedded table below to calculate your BMI. Just enter the weight (kg) and height (m) in the appropriate cell and the BMI will be displayed in the third cell:
If you are more used to Imperial units, use the table below:
Use this table below to estimate how you are faring:
|Less than 15||Starvation|
|Less than 17.5||Anorexic|
|Less than 18.5||Underweight|
|18.5 to 25||Ideal|
|25 to 30||Overweight|
|30 to 40||Obese|
|over 40||Morbidly Obese|
Source: Wikipedia: Body Mass Index
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