How many of you know your BMI (body mass index)? Calculate yours using the many health Apps or websites such as Mayo Clinic. Why find out well, this defines what is obesity. Medically speaking it is defined by a BMI of greater than 30. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. There are 3 classes of obesity all based on the BMI, greater than 35 is class 2 and morbid obesity is present if your BMI is 40 or more.

overweight-123947_1280The numbers associated with obesity and related diseases are blatantly scary!

– About 120,00 cancer cases are directly associated with obesity (American Institute for Cancer Research)

-14% of Cancer deaths in men are associated with weight issues, 20% in women older than 50 (American Cancer Society study dated 2003)

-Obese breast cancer survivors have a 30% greater risk of recurrence and a 50% higher chance of dying from cancer from same individuals who are not obese.

Obesity effects increase other health conditions not just cancer. Fact, more than 16% of strokes are associated with obesity. If you are middles aged and you are obese you have a 60% greater risk of dying from a heart attack compared to your counterpart who is not obese.

LIKELY: You will live longer if your BMI is between 20 and 25. It is never too late to loose weight!