Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher; and being overweight is defined as having a BMI of 25 or higher. BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters and is often used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
Obesity is a health issue that’s on the rise in the U.S. Treating it requires lifestyle and behavior changes that include prioritizing healthy eating and physical activity. People with obesity are at an increased risk for serious diseases and health conditions including high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and COVID-19.