A person is considered to be obese when they weigh at least 20% more than what is considered to be the normal weight for their height. How obesity affects a persons health depends on a number of factors such as age, gender, the distribution of fat, and the amount of physical activity a person enjoys.
Obesity makes an individual more likely to suffer from certain conditions such as:
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Certain types of cancer
- Gallbladder disease and gallstones
- Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea and asthma
Weight reduction and a healthy lifestyle both contribute to less risk for an individual.