Obesity and Mortality Risk

Obesity is defined in terms of the body mass index (BMI), which is the ratio of weight to height. A BMI of more than 30 is considered as obese, while a BMI of between 18.5 and 25 is considered as normal. A BMI of between 25 and 30 is included in the overweight group. Obesity does not reduce mortality in young patients with diabetes, suggested a research. Obesity increases the risk for conditions like heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and sleep apnea. The excess weight puts a lot of stress on the knees resulting in osteoarthritis.

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