Obesity, or being morbidly overweight, is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer. Obese people are also at high risk for depression, job discrimination and other social problems. After tobacco use, obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable deaths. It is shocking to know that about 3 in 5 South Africans are overweight or obese, and those numbers are rising. The number of children and teens who are overweight or obese is also expected to increase, due to bad eating habits, lack of exercise and proper nutrition.
THIS ALSO DEPEND PATIENT TO PATIENT**
The BMI is currently the international standard for assessing weight, and easy to work out for yourself.
BMI = Weight (kgs) ÷ Height (m) squared BMI Categories:
• Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
• Overweight = 25-29.9 Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
• A BMI of less than 18.5 is considered underweight.
• A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy.
• A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight.
• A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.