What Is Obesity: Facts and FAQs

What is Obesity?

When your weight is more than what is considered to be a healthy weight for your height you may be considered to be overweight. Obese is a term used to describe somebody who is very overweight, with a lot of body fat.

Overweight and obesity are common problems with more people being overweight or obese these days than are a healthy weight.

Am I overweight or am I obese?

The most widely used method to determine if someone is a healthy weight for their height is to calculate body mass index (BMI). You can work this out with a calculator you simply divide your weight in Kg’s by your height in M2

An easier way to do this is by using

For most adults:
• A BMI below 18.5 means you are considered underweight

• A BMI of 18.5-24.9 means you are considered healthy weight

• A BMI of 25 to 29.9 means you are considered overweight

• A BMI of 30 to 39.9 means you are considered obese

• A BMI of 40 or above means you are considered severely obese

BMI isn’t a calculation that works for everyone as people who are very muscular sometimes have a high BMI, without excess fat, but for most people, it can be a useful indication of whether they are carrying excess body fat.

What is considered a healthy BMI is also influenced by your ethnic background. The figures mentioned above generally apply to people with a white Caucasian background. If you are from an ethnic minority background, the BMI at which you’re considered to be overweight or obese may be lower.

Another measure of excess fat is waist circumference. Generally, men with a waist circumference of 94cm or more and women with a waist circumference of 80cm or more are more likely to develop obesity related health problems.

Obesity related health issues

Obesity problems are quite common and losing body fat is recommended as carrying excess weight can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. These include: Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer and stroke. Less serious but very common side effects can include; breathlessness, joint and back pain, decreased mobility and feeling tired all the time.

As well as physical health problems, being overweight or obese can also affect you psychologically as it’s associated with problems such as low self-esteem, feelings of isolation and depression.

Treatments for obesity

There are a variety of ways you can lose body fat if you are overweight or obese. These include diets, medication and in some cases surgery. One way to lose weight is with a calorie controlled diet and regular exercise. The rate of weight loss this way can be quite slow which can be quite frustrating. Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD) such as Exante Diet’s Total and Total Plus offer much faster weight loss than a traditional healthy eating diet which can be very motivating. Find out more about our very low calorie diet (VLCD) and low calorie diet (LCD) plans including a programme specifically designed for men on our Diet Plans page

Exante’s plans are based around diet meal replacements and you’ll replace some or all of your meals with our VLCD shakes or VLCD meals, bars or soups. Visit our Shop to see our huge range of products. We can also help with inspiration for low calorie and low carb meals including those which will keep you in ketosis (active fat burning). See our ketosis recipes here