Nearly two out of every three adults in the United States is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight.
Experts often rely on a formula called the body mass index to determine if person is overweight. The BMI estimates your level of body fat based on your height and weight.
The risk of many medical problems is higher for adults who have excess body fat and fall into the overweight groups
If you are overweight (or obese):
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