Morbid Obesity


What it Means

Morbid obesity, also referred to as clinically severe obesity, is a serious disease where excess weight begins to impact the body's most basic functions such as walking and breathing, and is accompanied by other conditions which raise mortality 10-fold or more. A person is diagnosed as having morbid obesity when their body weight is about 100 pounds over ideal or having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater. You may check yours by entering your height and weight in the calculator below:

More and more studies indicate that genetics plays the central role in a person's weight, whether it's overweight, or very thin. The disease of obesity has been shown to run in families that are genetically predisposed to being overweight, although it does not mean that all family members will be overweight.

The reasearch proves that diet and exercise alone simply do not work in the long term for 95-97% of patients with extreme obesity.


Risk Factors


It's a fact that people with morbid obesity die earlier than others and have a poorer quality of life. Consider this:

Other Major Risk Factors