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Charleston

4042 Ashley Phosphate Rd North Charleston, SC 29418 Phone: 843-767-3344 Fax: 843-767-8844

Myrtle Beach

1406 Commerce Place, Suite J Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Phone: 843-839-5101 Fax: 843-839-5103

Beaufort

1180 Ribaut Rd. Suite 2 Beaufort, SC 29902 Phone: 843-379-0612 Fax: 843-379-0613

Columbia

1401 St. Andrews Road, Suite 150 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone: 803-282-9700 Fax: 803-828-7433

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Health Issues

Obesity Overview and Facts

Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.

Definitions for Adults

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the "body mass index" (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.

  • An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
  • An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
  • It is important to remember that although BMI correlates with the amount of body fat, BMI does not directly measure body fat. As a result, some people, such as athletes, may have a BMI that identifies them as overweight even though they do not have excess body fat. For more information about BMI, visit Body Mass Index.
  • Other methods of estimating body fat and body fat distribution include measurements of skinfold thickness and waist circumference, calculation of waist-to-hip circumference ratios, and techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • For children and teens, BMI ranges above a normal weight have different labels (overweight and obese). Additionally, BMI ranges for children and teens are defined so that they take into account normal differences in body fat between boys and girls and differences in body fat at various ages. For more information about BMI for children and teens (also called BMI-for-age), visit BMI for Children and Teens.