Overweight vs. Obese: What's the Difference?

Being overweight or obese has become a growing problem in our society, putting more people at risk for serious health issues.

Up to 70% of people in the United States who are 20 and older are considered overweight, and one-third of them are obese. Unfortunately, children can be obese too, affecting up to 17% of kids aged 6-19 years old and 10% of kids aged 2-5.

At MultiCare Medical in Papillion, Nebraska, our team understands what causes weight gain and knows how it can negatively affect your health. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping you lose weight with our expertise.

The difference between being overweight and obese

When you’re overweight, your body fat exceeds the normal, healthy range. When you’re obese, your body fat is even higher.

Finding out your body mass index (BMI) can help determine if you’re overweight or obese. Here’s how it works:

  1. Multiply your weight by 704.5.
  2. Divide that number by your height, measured in inches
  3. Divide that number by your height, measured in inches again

If your BMI lands between 25 and 29.9, you’re considered overweight. If your number lands on 30 or higher, you’re considered obese.

Your BMI gives you an estimation of body fat, and it can vary among different body types. For example, if you’re an athlete, your BMI might be a number that determines that you’re overweight, when in reality, you have a muscular build rather than fat.

That’s why you want to have our medical professionals give you an overall assessment.

Dangers of being overweight and obese

Carrying too many pounds on your body can cause serious health issues, including:

Being overweight or obese can even cause certain types of cancer.

What to do about being overweight or obese

You gain weight when you eat more calories than you use. To get your body within a healthy weight range, key lifestyle choices include eating a healthy diet with appropriate portions and maintaining an active lifestyle.

We understand that losing weight can be difficult. That’s why we partner with you to help you take successful steps to a healthier path. Losing weight not only improves your health, but it helps you feel better, too.

If you’re ready to get your weight under control, contact our caring team for a consultation today. Call 402-505-7989 or book your appointment online. And, if you have questions or concerns before you come in, feel free to send our team a message. We’re here to help!

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