and handy way to find out if someone is overweight or obese is by
calculating the Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI is a measure based on
height and weight and is not gender-specific. Someone with a BMI
of 30 or higher is usually considered to be obese. Try the BMI
calculator at (http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/)3.
Although obesity may have some genetic influence,
your genes alone don't determine whether you are obese except for
some rare cases. Your daily decisions such as poor eating habits and physical inactivity are major contributing
factors to obesity.
A sedentary lifestyle is defined by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "less than three
twenty minute sessions of leisure time physical activity per
week". Obesity contributes to many health risks such as high
blood pressure, type II diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory
problems, cancer and psychological disorders.
The following table summarizes the relative risk of health problems
associated with obesity: