Obesity is defined as 30% over ideal body weight or Body mass index over 30. Morbid Obesity is Body mass index over 40 or over 35 with comorbidities.
The following obesity grades are defined and based on the calculation of BMI.
|In 1990, 10 to 14% of the population in United States was obese.||By 2013, the majority of the states had obesity rates between 25 and 35%.|
National Burden of Obesity
Total medical cost for Obesity in 2009 was $152 billion
BMI of 30 to 40 (78 million Americans)
- Had healthcare costs of 36% greater than normal weight individuals.
- Had pharmacy costs of 77% greater than normal-weight individuals.
Health Ramifications of Obesity
Morbid obesity increases the risk for several life threatening medical conditions called “Co-morbidities” and also shortens life span. Please follow the above link to see the list of comorbidities.
Every year 300,000 deaths are reported in the USA directly related to Obesity. This is approximately at the rate of 5-6% of the morbidly obese population every year!!