Obesity is defined by an abnormal or excessive body fat accumulation and identified by a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Obesity and obesity-related diseases are a leading cause of disability and death, accounting for high healthcare utilization and high healthcare costs in the United States. Obesity is a complex, multifactorial metabolic disease characterized by a dysfunction of the gut endocrine system.
What Obesity Looks Like
With such a large percentage of the population overweight or obese, many people don’t realize that they are in the overweight or obese categories. The illustrations below show what an average 5'4"" woman would look like at various BMI categories