Term: Obesity and Risk for Obesity

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2009-02-12


Obesity can be simply defined as being very overweight.

At MCHP, the risk for obesity has been measured using the Body Mass Index (BMI) and various scales that categorize the values of the BMI. These categories identify the risk for obesity.

For more information on obesity, please see the Obesity: Measuring Prrevalence Using Body Mass Index (BMI) concept.

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