Health Consequences of Overweight and Obesity
Overweight and obese individuals (BMI of 25 and above) are at increased risk for physical ailments such as:
High blood pressure, hypertension
High blood cholesterol, dyslipidemia
Type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes
Insulin resistance, glucose intolerance
Coronary heart disease
Congestive heart failure
Cholescystitis and cholelithiasis
Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory problems
Some types of cancer (such as endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon)
Complications of pregnancy such as; gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension and preeclampsia as well as complications in operative delivery (i.e., c-sections).
Poor female reproductive health (such as menstrual irregularities, infertility, irregular ovulation)
Bladder control problems (such as stress incontinence)
Uric acid nephrolithiasis
Psychological disorders (such as depression, eating disorders, distorted body image, and low self-esteem).
The Men's Health BMI Calculator
Enter your height and weight using English measures.
Click on the "Calculate BMI" button, and your BMI will appear.
BMI Categories, according to the National Institutes of Health:
Underweight = Less than 18.5
Normal weight = 18.5 - 24.9
Overweight = 25 - 29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
In 2001, the prevalence of obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 30) was 20.9% and the prevalence of diabetes was 7.9%, an increase of 5.6% for obesity and 8.2% for diabetes in one year.