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Classification Of Obesity In Terms Of Body Mass Index

In recent years there has been a huge upsurge in Kolkata in the number of people suffering from obesity. No doubt there is a lot of reasons for this upsurge. Weight loss surgery has become quite common in Kolkata since this upsurge.

Obesity is a medical condition that causes an individual to gain excess body weight, particularly in terms of fat. The situation becomes severe with time, up to the extent where it starts to cause significant physical discomfort, mental trauma and attract several other medical conditions. Often it cannot be cured by any of the conventional means and weight loss surgery in Kolkata remains the only plausible solution for the same.

Every medical condition needs a particular measure in some aspect order to qualify it for the same. In case of obesity, it is done in terms of Body Mass Index or more commonly known as BMI. BMI was first introduced by the Belgian anthropometrist Adolphe Quetelet in the 19th century.

BMI is calculated by dividing an individual’s weight by the square of his height. BMI combined with an individual’s age and gender can estimate the body fat percentage. In metric terms, it can be obtained by dividing the body weight in kilograms by the square of height in meters. Given below is the table showing the result of this formula that gives the weight status of an individual with the help of this formula.

  • Less than 18.5 – Under weight
  • 18.5 to 25 – Normal Weight
  • 25 to 30 – Overweight
  • 30 to 35 – Severe Obese
  • 35 to 40 – Morbid Obese
  • More than 40 – Super Obese

Even though it does not account for the entire fat distribution in the body or muscle mass, in today’s world, BMI is considered as one of the widely used tools for determining the healthy body weight and any deviation from normal. It is a very important tool to find the weight status of an individual along with whether or not he needs weight loss surgery.

It holds true for most of the adult individuals globally. Some of the exceptions would-be bodybuilders, strenuous sportsmen and pregnant women, who gain reasonable extra weight for obvious reasons without qualifying for being fat or clinically obese. So, once you get to know under which category of obesity you fall in you must take precution as needed. Whether you are undrweight or overweight, neither one is good for health.

Published by Ronit Roy

I’m a fitness freak, I have a passion to help people with my knowledge about healthcare and medicines. I’ve always been looking up for ways to help people lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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