A new study finds that “some obese individuals don’t realize they have a weight problem.” Two reasons provided are lack of education and society has become more accepting of obesity because it has become the norm since “most around you are obese” according to Tiffany Powell from the University of Texas Southwestern. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) believes that other factors such as genes, metabolism, environment and behavior also contribute to being overweight/obese.
The CDC defines overweight and obesity as “ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height.” An adult with a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight, while one who has one greater than 30 is considered obese.
There are health and economic costs associated with being overweight or obese.
Being overweight/obese increases your risks for the following:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
In terms of economic costs, there are direct and indirect medical costs such as preventive, diagnostic and treatment services (direct), and morbidity and mortality costs (indirect).