Overweight and Obesity: Opening an Opportunity for Health

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Dr Sanjay Kalra
Dr Nitin Kapoor


Obesity is now recognized as a disease and is often preceded by an overweight status in its natural history of development. Though excess fat is often associated with morbidity, stigma and mortality, this editorial provides a unique perspective of identifying obesity and overweight status as a window of opportunity. The authors reflect how people living with obesity can be identified, motivated and managed, to ensure optimal comprehensive health.

Overweight and obesity, two frequently used words, are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.1 These medical conditions can be easily identified in clinical practice by measuring body mass index (BMI). This is calculated by dividing an individual’s weight (kilogram) by the square of his/her height (meters squared).2 Indian standards define overweight as a BMI >23 kg/m2, and obesity as a BMI >25 kg/m2.

Outside Asia, however, the thresholds used to define overweight and obesity are 25 and 30 kg/m2, respectively. In children aged 5 to 19 years, age-specific BMI cut offs are used, while in younger children, weight-for-height ratios are calculated to assess weight health.

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Dr Sanjay Kalra, & Dr Nitin Kapoor. (2022). Overweight and Obesity: Opening an Opportunity for Health. Indian Journal Of Clinical Practice, 32(9), 8–10. Retrieved from https://ojs.ijcp.in/IJCP/article/view/506
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