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Obesity: Know the Facts

Quite simply, obesity is the term for having a body weight (and body fat) greater than what is healthy. An individual becomes obese when he or she has developed a lifestyle of eating more calories than what is burned through exercise and other activities. Although individuals can learn to curb weight gain and control their diet and exercise habits, the fact that obesity is so widespread suggests that there are external and environmental factors that also contribute to the condition. Obesity is an epidemic in America today. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 64% of the U.S. population is overweight or obese. You can learn more about obesity, its causes and its potential solutions through our A.D.A.M. Multimedia Encyclopedia.

Morbid obesity is severe obesity that leads to serious medical conditions as a direct result of the obesity. Morbid obesity is usually defined as being more than 100 pounds overweight or having a body mass index (BMI) of/greater than 40. For example, a 5'4" person weighing 150 pounds has a BMI of 25.7. A person of the same height who weighs 250 pounds has a BMI of 43.

Calculate your BMI

Obesity is not simply a matter of needing to drop a few pounds for the sake of your appearance. Several serious illnesses are associated with obesity, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Infertility
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Cirrhosis
  • Depression
  • Asthma
  • Pickwickian Syndrome
  • Heart disease or Sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Certain cancers, including breast, liver, colorectal, prostate, endometrial, uterine, and gallbladder
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Severe headaches

Bariatric Diet

Bariatric surgery candidates must be willing to make lasting dietary changes for a successful outcome. Thankfully, there are plenty of well-balanced and well-proportioned meals available for post-bariatric patients with busy lifestyles. 

Bariatric Breakfast

If you're stumped over how to fit in a healthy breakfast with a busy lifestyle tune in to watch Kinsy McNamee, Promedica Wellness Dietitian, show you how to make a well balanced on the go breakfast that is high protein, high fiber and perfectly portioned for post-bariatric patients.


Bariatric Lunch

Kinsy McNamee, Promedica Wellness Dietitian, is here to show you how to use your leftovers to create a healthy pre-portioned grab and go lunch.

Bariatric Dinner

If you feel stuck with eating the same thing all week tune in as Kinsy McNamee, Promedica Wellness Dietitian, shows you how to create four well balanced meals from one main dish.