Obesity

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. It is defined by body mass index (BMI). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.

The most commonly used definitions, established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1997 and published in 2000, provide the values listed in the table below.

No BMI (Kg/m2) Classification
1 < 18.50 Underweight
2 18.50 – 24.99 Normal Weight
3 25.00 – 29.99 Overweight
4 30.00 – 34.99 Class I Obesity
5 35.00 – 30.99 Class II Obesity
6 ≥ 40.00 Class III Obesity
No Course Sessions
1 Personal 8
2 Group 8
3 Workshop 1 day or two day