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DEFINITION

  • Obesity:
    • Excess adipose tissue that affects health
    • Defined clinically as a body mass index (BMI) of ≥ 30 kg/m2 by the World Health Organization. [3]
    • Subdivided into Class 1 (BMI 30 - 34.9 kg/m 2 ), Class 2 (BMI 35-39.9 kg/m2) and Class 3 (BMI > 40 kg/m 2 ). Overweight is BMI 25-29.9 kg/m2.
    • Visceral adiposity is excess adipose tissue inside the abdominal cavity.
    • Visceral adiposity is defined clinically as a waist circumference > 35 inches (88 cm) for women, or > 40 inches (102 cm) for men. [3]

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Last updated: May 2, 2016