Society and medical announcements have long dispensed information on the health risks of obesity. Realistically, no health professional says that being significantly overweight or obese is a good thing, as there is plenty of evidence pointing to specific, long-term health issues. However, some obesity-related proclamations are exaggerations, assumptions, and misconceptions.


1. Defining Obesity

Obesity in the medical world is generally defined as a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 kg/m2 In 2013, the American Medical Association defined obesity as a disease, causing substantial controversy. There is no widely accepted definition of "disease," and many doctors questioned this decision. Some experts also argued that there is no true means of assessing obesity because it is complex and carries with it certain assumptions that don't apply to everyone who is obese. Obesity is a spectrum of phenotypes and contradictions that the medical community is still working to properly define.

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