There is an epidemic of obesity in the world today, especially in the United States. Some contribute it to the rapid developments in technology that reduce the need for manual labor while others blame it on the television and the internet.
Still others say that it’s caused by the easily accessed variety of foods that we have today in the industrialized world. Most likely all of these things are factors in the rise of obesity.
Obesity doesn’t simply mean overweight. There are many people that are overweight but are not yet considered obese.
Scientifically, a person is considered to be obese when their body mass index (BMI) is 30 or above.
BMI is the measure of a person’s weight scaled according to their height and was developed in 1840 by the Belgian scientist Adolphe Quetelet.
This index tells us how much fat is stored in the body. Most doctors simplify this and classify anyone who is fifty pounds or more overweight as obese.