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Am I Fat, Obese or Overweight?

Normal, fat, overweight and obese weight stages.
The first thing that brings people to consider to start a weight loss routine is the moment when they realize that they are ‘fat’. ‘Fat’ is a general, more popular term, describing people which carry extra pounds on their body. It is very important to make the difference between being overweight and being obese. You can consider yourself fat and weigh 20 pounds over your normal weight and also use the same term when you are 60-80 pounds overweight.

The first thing that people ask themselves when they are thinking about losing weight is ‘am I fat?’. It is very important to realize how fat you are when you plan to lose weight. The problem is that if you lose a lot of weight when it isn’t needed then you run the risk of becoming unhealthy. Therefore, if you want to know what categorisation you fall into (and answer the question ‘am I fat’) then it is useful to understand the definition of each of the terms: fat, obese, overweight.

Am I fat?
Essentially, if you are fat then you fall into both the obese and overweight categories. The slang term ‘fat’ applies to anybody who has a BMI of over 24 which takes them out of the healthy range. Although the term is often applied to anybody who physically appears to be overweight, the use of the BMI scale means that it applies to anybody who is over the healthy BMI. Therefore, when you ask the question ‘am I fat’, the answer is that you are if you have a BMI that exceeds 24.

Am I overweight?
The categorisation over whether you are overweight or obese is slightly more difficult as it is a very fine line. The term ‘overweight’ applies to anybody who is just outside the healthy range; their BMI is slightly greater than 24, but does not exceed 29. If you are in the overweight category then it is very straightforward to get yourself back into the healthy range with regular exercise and by eating the right foods. If the answer to the question ‘am I overweight’ is yes, then do not get downhearted; whilst it may mean that you are slightly fat it will only take minor lifestyle changes to ensure that you soon return to the healthy range.

Am I obese?
If you are categorised as obese then it isn’t quite so easy. When you are obese it means that your BMI is over 30. Obviously, this isn’t the end of the world and with hard work then you will find that the weight begins to fall off you. It is, however, at the ‘obese’ point that you get the term ‘fat’ applied to you, as is the point at which you become noticeably more rotund. The problem with this is that it can give you a low self confidence issue that makes it difficult to change without motivation. Therefore, if you answer the question ‘am I obese’ with a yes, do not see it as negative but it is an obvious sign that change is needed.

Danger arises when you choose to neglect your obesity problem and prolong the span of living with a large excess of weight on your body. This is the moment when other health problems determined by obesity will start to unfold. One of the most common is osteoarthritis. This condition can instate a vicious circle for the obese sufferer, as joint pain will reduce his or hers mobility and thus make the sufferer more passive and prone to gain additional extra weight. You can check the infographic posted below, which highlights the dangers of untreated obesity. Hopefully this will raise your awareness and determine you to take action right away!

Infographic provided by Apostherapy.co.uk.
Obesity & Osteoarthritis: a vicious circle

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • lilian August 23, 2010, 3:07 pm

    i am obese please what should i do

  • admin August 24, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Thank you for your comment lillian. Can you please share your age, weight and height for additional information?

  • Ari June 3, 2011, 1:42 am

    i am most like the second boy on the picture. Is this ok?

  • Dave November 23, 2013, 3:56 pm

    If you’re counting from the left yes, that’s great. However, you can try to become No.1! ;)

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