According to the World Health Organization (WHO) definition, an adult is considered overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25kg/m2.
Please note that this measurement is just a general indication and doesn’t take into account various factors such as ethnicity, age, bone or muscle mass which may influence the result. (read more..)
Additionally, since the body suffers extensive changes during childhood and adolescence, for these groups overweight is defined according to the WHO growth reference for school-aged children and adolescents. (1)
United States leads in overweight and obesity epidemic among the developed countries. The following two articles reveal some alarming obesity statistics across the world and within United States: