Obesity (being very overweight) is medically considered a chronic disease. It means that an adult's Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or above. A person whose BMI is between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. BMI is calculated from a person's weight and height. Obesity is very hard on your body's systems. It contributes to many serious health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, some cancers, joint problems, sleep problems liver disease, and more.
Kentucky falls within the U.S. "obesity belt" and in every Kentucky county, almost 1/3 of adult residents are not only overweight, but obese. High rates of obesity in a population have many causes. These include genetic, environmental, cultural, income-based, and educational causes. However, personal habits such as poor diet and inactivity are at the root of the problem. Most obese people need professional help to learn new lifestyle habits to lose weight and to keep it off. The person's physical and social environments are also important.
Stakeholder Groups on Obesity