What exactly does ‘overweight’ mean? Being overweight means that you have more body fat than is optimally healthy, considering your height. This tends to be more common in areas with greater food supply and a sedentary lifestyle. Sound familiar? There are now over 1 billion adults either overweight or obese. What is the difference? According to the National Institutes of Health (the NIH), you are considered to be overweight if your BMI is between 25-29.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention classifies obesity as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above.
There are 3 classes for Obesity:
- Class 1 with a BMI of 30-34
- Class 2 with a BMI of 35-39
- Class 3 with a BMI of 40 or more.