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Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight, or weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as from having too much fat. Both terms mean that a person's weight is higher than what is thought to be healthy for his or her height. Obesity is a potentially life-threatening condition that can contribute to many serious illnesses, including:

  • Type-2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Respiratory disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Amenorrhea
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Asthma/pulmonary disorder
  • Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Heart disease
  • Gallstones
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Infertility

Morbid obesity is considered clinically severe. Surgical qualifications include:

  •  >200% of ideal weight or >100 lb overweight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of ≥40
  • BMI ≥35 with one or more severe co-morbid conditions

According to the National Institute of Health, Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. Calculate your BMI now.



  • More than 65% of adults are overweight or obese.
  • 32% of children are overweight.
  • 4.8% of adults are morbidly obese.
  • Total medical cost for obesity in 2003 was $75 billion.
  • 325,000 obesity-related deaths occur annually.

Explore our program through the links at the left – and when you are ready to make an informed and permanent change, we are here to help. For information and appointment for consultation, Call 308-696-8508.

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