What is it? Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.
Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2).
The WHO definition for adults is:
BMI is determined on an age and sex specific percentile for children as their body composition varies as they age and varies between boys and girls.
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The effects that teen obesity has on health can begin during the teen years and extend throughout a lifetime if not checked. Here are some of the common health conditions thought to have teen obesity as a risk factor:
Additionally, teenage obesity can lead to psychological problems associated with negative body image and social issues associated with being treated as an outcast.
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