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 Obesity Defined


Lt Col Reynolds
Obesity can be simply defined as having too much body fat. Over a period of time, if someone eats more calories than they use, they run the risk of becoming obese. Though the optimal balance between calories in and calories out differs for each person, the factors that contribute to weight gain are often the same, including diet, activity level, genetics, lifestyle, and others.

Lt Col Phillips
When we eat more calories than we use, our bodies store these excess calories as fat. A few extra pounds may not seem significant, but in the long run, too much fat can increase a person’s chances of having serious health problems. These problems can include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.

Lt Col Reynolds
The encouraging news is that if an adult is obese, losing a relatively small percentage of their body weight — as little as five to ten percent — can potentially delay or prevent some of these consequences.[1]

[1] Jaspinder Kaur, “A Comprehensive Review on Metabolic Syndrome,” NCBI, Cardiology Research and Practice, March 11, 2014,, accessed July 7, 2016.