Basic Information

What It Means to Be Obese

Obesity is a disease, not a decision. It stems from a range of factors, many of which you can’t control, like genetics and life circumstances. Just as some people are more vulnerable to certain cancers, some people are at greater risk of becoming obese. 

Obesity is the result of a high weight-to-height ratio, or body mass index (BMI). Being categorized as "morbidly obese" means you meet one of the following definitions:

  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, and you are at least 100 pounds overweight, OR
  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher, with significant comorbidities and failed dietary attempts to control weight. Comorbidities are related, negative health conditions.

Why Obesity Is Dangerous

Unfortunately, excessive weight is not the only effect of this disease. Patients suffering from obesity are also likely to experience one or more of the following conditions:

These multiple health problems decrease your quality of life and can be fatal.