Obesity Information and Terms

Weight Gain


Weight gain occurs whenever an individual consumes more calories than their body burns. Consuming calories is very necessary in order to sustain life and allow us to have energy to accomplish daily tasks and be physically active. The key to prevent weight gain is to find a balance between the calories we consume with the calories we use.



Obesity is a medical condition characterized by an excessive amount of body fat. It is based off percentage of body fat; in men, over 25% body fat is considered obese, in women, over 30% is obese. Health care professionals use Body Mass Index (hereafter referred to as BMI) to determine a person's weight category. You can find your weight category using a BMI Calculator. A BMI of between 30 and 39.9 is considered obese.

Many people believe there is a gene that causes obesity and that it is a disease that runs in families, and there is scientific research that supports this belief. There are many other factors that lead to obesity as well. Obesity is influenced by social factors as well. In the United States as well as many other countries, eating is the primary activity at many social gatherings. Super Bowl parties, birthday parties, wedding receptions, etc. fill our social calendars and our stomachs! Today's world of personal computing has also caused a decrease in physical activity. It is not uncommon for an individual to spend several hours a day sitting in front of a computer

Morbid Obesity


Morbid obesity is a medical condition characterized by a BMI of 40 or higher. To be classified as morbidly obese, you must be minimum of 100 pounds overweight. Morbid obesity is a very serious disease that affects approximately 1/4 of the adult population. Our BMI Calculator lists the various weight categories and their indexes.