What Is Obese?

How To Know If You Are Actually Obese

A good majority of people feel they could lose a few pounds and many know they are overweight. However, oftentimes people are surprised to find out that they’re not just overweight – they’re actually obese. Are you obese? If you think obese means you’re so overweight that you can barely move, you’re wrong. You may be obese without even knowing it.

Definition of Obese

So how do you know if you’re obese? If your body mass index, also known as your BMI, is above 30, you are obese – no ifs ands or buts about it. How do you know if your BMI is above 30? You need to take your weight in kilograms and divide it by your height in meters, squared. If the total is more than 25, you’re overweight. If it’s more than 30, you’re obese.

What To Do If You Are Obese

If you are obese, you need to start taking your weight loss seriously. Obesity is detrimental to your health and you may be putting your very life at risk. Look into your weight loss options and choose a diet and exercise plan that will bring results while suiting your lifestyle.


You might want to check your formula for BMI. Using your formula, if I (at 6 feet tall) were an emaciated 125 pounds, I would still be obese. The actual formula from the government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2.

Their site recommends:
Calculation: [weight (kg) / height (m) / height (m)]

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