The problem of obesity is a growing medical problem, especially in highly developed countries. Obesity has become a pressing issue of the 21st century medicine – one that leads and is connected with other conditions. These include asthma, osteoarthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, sleep apnoea and others. Unhealthy excess weight also increases the risk of heart or blood diseases and can shorten life expectancy. This medical issue can be tackled with different methods.
How do I know if I am overweight? The most popular way of checking this is calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index). It measures body fat based on height and weight and applies to both men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 years.
18.5 or less – underweight
18.5 to 24.99 – normal weight
25 to 29.99 – overweight
30 to 34.99 – obesity (class 1)
35 to 39.99 – obesity (class 2)
40 or greater – morbid obesity