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In England 61.3% of the adult population is overweight or obese, along with 30% of children between the ages of 2 and 15. Scary statistics, but even more scary when you think that this means that 61.3% of the adult population have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
A person is considered to be obese when their body weight is 20% or more above the normal weight for their age and height. The most common scale used to check whether a person is obese is the Body Mass Index Scale.
You can calculate your BMI using the below BMI formula; results fall into categories as shown in the table below. Once a person reaches Obese Class III they are over more than 50% over their normal healthy weight range.
BMI = Mass (cm) ÷ height2 (kg)
|Very severely underweight||< 15|
|Severely underweight||15.0 - 16.0|
|Underweight||16.0 - 18.5|
|Normal (healthy weight)||18.5 - 25|
|Overweight||25 - 30|
|Obese Class I (Moderately obese)||30 - 35|
|Obese Class II (Severely obese)||35 - 40|
|Obese Class III (Very severely obese)||> 40|