What is Super Obese?

The obesity epidemic in the US is giving rise to new terminologies regarding the condition. One such is “super obese”. Super obesity is measured by a person’s body mass index (BMI) and the number of pounds overweight they are.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

If a person’s BMI is 30 or above, they are classified as obese. If their BMI is above 40, then the person is “extremely” obese. “Super obese” refers to a BMI of 50 or more.

Pounds Overweight

Super obesity can also be calculated by the number of pounds over normal weight. A “morbidly obese” person is overweight by 100 pounds. And, a super obese person is overweight by at least 200 pounds.

Statistics about Super Obesity

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports statistics on extremely obese people (BMI greater than 40) and this category includes super obesity. In 2010, about 5.7% of the US population were found to be in this category. Elderly men and middle-aged men have the highest rates of extreme obesity and super obesity. Another CDC report states that less than 2% of the US public is super obese with BMI greater than 50.

Health Effects of Obesity

It is important to avoid the scourge of obesity for personal and social reasons. Obesity can decrease your work productivity, raise healthcare costs, and put you at higher risk of developing diseases like some cancers, sleep apnea, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Pregnant women who are super obese can face many complications. To treat super obesity, many doctors recommend bariatric surgery.

Resource: http://www.livestrong.com/article/505170-what-is-super-obese/

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