What are the Risks of Obesity

Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, Endocrinologist, discusses risks of obesity.

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Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, Endocrinologist, discusses risks of obesity.
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Featuring Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 26 seconds

Obesity can be defined medically on the basis of your body mass index.

A body mass index over 30 is a medically defined state of obesity. A BMI of 25 to 30 is considered to be overweight. An ideal body mass index is somewhere in the range of 21, 22, that range.

It differs a little bit depending on your ethnicity, but as it goes up and it gets into the high 20s and definitely beyond the 30s, it starts to carry with it a lot of medical risks. The medical risks of obesity include an increased risk of vascular disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, an increased risk of cancer of the reproductive organs and colon cancer, amongst others, an increased risk of mortality directly associated with the degree of obesity.

There are also other issues such as effect on reproduction, joint damage, particularly back and lower limb, which correlate with the degree of obesity as well.

If you have any questions about obesity, the measurement or treatment of it, please do discuss it with your primary care practitioner.

Presenter: Dr. Richard Bebb, Endocrinologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Endocrinologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.