Asking the right questions is important when you call a new healthcare professional for information, you have the right to receive clear and complete answers. Before you make any decisions, ask questions and get the information you need.
Locate a health professional today that provides services including Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, Osteopathy, and Physical Therapy.
US Zip Code
Search Radius
[ARTICLE] Obesity
Filed Under: Acupuncture | Published: May 1, 2018 | Author: Medical News Today

A person with morbid obesity may have difficulty performing daily functions, such as walking and breathing, and is at increased risk for many serious health problems.

In theory, anyone can become morbidly obese. For someone to gain weight and become morbidly obese, they must consume more calories than their body can burn and use. The body stores the unnecessary calories as fat.

As more and more calories are consumed, the fat stores grow larger, leading to obesity or, as a worst case, morbid obesity.

Fast Facts on Morbid Obesity:
  • The condition is characterized by having an extreme amount of excess body fat.
  • A doctor diagnoses with a physical exam plus some basic questions.
  • For most people, morbid obesity is preventable and can be reversed.

Morbid obesity is when a person has extreme amounts of excess body fat and a body mass index or BMI greater than 35.

BMI is a scale that helps doctors and other medical professionals determine if a person is within a healthy weight range.

Some doctors also consider a person to be morbidly obese if their BMI is not over 35, but they are more than 100 lbs. overweight.

Here are the ranges:

  • Normal: 19.0-24.9
  • Overweight: 25.0-29.9
  • Obese stage 1: 30.0-34.9
  • Obese stage 2:  35.0-39.9
  • Morbidly obese stage 3:  40.0 or greater

A person can be obese without being considered morbidly obese.  A person who is obses has a BMI of 30 or above.  An obese person has a greater chance of developing:

  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • arthritis
  • some cancers

Recent Listings


Recent Articles


Article Categories

Version 1.0.2 (Morpheus-517) -- 30.November.2009