To understand obesity and the percentage of obese Americans, first we need to know BMI or the body mass index. BMI is calculated by using your height and body weight. The normal BMI should be less than 25. More than 25 BMI is considered overweight and obese depending upon the BMI.
For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the "body mass index" (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.
|124 lbs or less||Below 18.5||Underweight|
|125 lbs to 168 lbs||18.5 to 24.9||Healthy weight|
|169 lbs to 202 lbs||25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|203 lbs or more||30 or higher||Obese|
The important causes of the obesity are:
At the same time, our behavior is also to be blamed. Behavior and environment play a large role causing people to be overweight and obese. These are the greatest areas for prevention and treatment actions.
The southern states in US are more obese that other states.
The other factors contributing to the percentage of obese Americans which cannot be ignored are:
Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death in USA and many other European countries.
The following provides some examples of the steps to prevent Obesity:
Location Steps to Help Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity