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Symptoms and Signs of Obesity

Doctor's Notes on Obesity

Obesity is a result of the accumulation of excess fat on the body. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30. The BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height. Obesity is considered a chronic disease that has serious long-term health consequences for overall health, and it is a leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.

The main symptom of obesity is excess weight. Being obese can cause or increase the risk of other health problems including

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 4/29/2019


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