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Obesity

What is Obesity?

  • Obesity is a chronic, life-threatening disease
  • Excessive body fat that often results in serious health problems
  • Independent risk factor or aggravating agent for at least 30 common health conditions
  • Can lead to significant medical, psychological, social, physical and economic impacts

What is Morbid Obesity?

  • Clinically severe obesity at which point serious medical conditions occur as a direct result of the obesity
  • Defined as
    • -> 200% of ideal weight
    • -> 40kg overweight, or a
    • - Body mass index of = 40

Medical conditions associated with being morbidly obese

WHO Classification

NIH (National Institutes of Health)
Consensus Development Conference Statement, 1991
IFSO International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity
ASBS American Society for Bariatric Surgery
SAGES Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

BMI 25 - 29.9 Overweight
BMI 30 - 34.9 Grade I Obesity
BMI 35 - 39.9 Grade II Obesity
BMI > 40 Grade III Morbid Obesity
BMI > 50 Grade IV Super Obesity
 
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