Even though obesity is one of the world's fastest growing health conditions--and health threats--there is still a significant amount of misinformation about this serious medical issue. People still believe outdated ideas and are unaware of important facts about nutrition, exercise, and the way the body reacts to different foods. This lack of knowledge makes it very difficult for physicians, nutritionists, physical trainers, and people with obesity to make good choices regarding health.


1. Obesity is a Medical Condition

Obesity is considered a chronic medical condition, with a specific list of symptoms that help diagnose it. One of the most important signs that a person might be suffering from obesity is the BMI, or Body Mass Index, a fairly simple formula of weight in kilograms divided by the square of one's height in meters. While the BMI isn't a perfect tool, it can help physicians determine the seriousness of a patient's condition, and help formulate a treatment plan.

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