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Obesity is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States – studies have shown that between 30 and 35 percent of American adults are obese. It is also the second leading cause of preventable death.

As a result of obesity-related diseases, life expectancy is shortened for even a moderately obese person. And a clinically severe obese man can expect to reduce his life span by approximately 12 years compared to a person of healthy weight.

Obesity and Health Problems

People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for:

  • heart disease and stroke
  • type 2 diabetes
  • bone and joint disease
  • certain types of cancer (breast, colon, uterine)

People with clinically severe obesity have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 40, or a BMI of 35 or greater and any of these medical problems:

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • coronary artery disease
  • high levels of fats in the blood (hyperlipidemia)
  • breathing difficulties during sleep (apnea and hypoventilation)
  • osteoarthritis

To calculate your BMI, use our BMI calculator.

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 Normal
25.0 - 29.9 Overweight
30.0 - 39.9 Obese
40.0 and Higher Clinically Severe Obesity

Ohio State Provides Expert Care for Overweight, Obese People

If you are overweight (BMI of 25-29) or obese (BMI of 30 or greater), Ohio State's Comprehensive Weight Management Program has several options to help you lose weight and keep it off.  Our medically managed weight loss programs are conveniently located at the OSU Center for Wellness and Prevention, which features a fitness center and classes.

Our non-surgical Weight Management Program includes weight loss, nutrition, stress management and exercise. While our surgical weight loss program has nearly 30 years of experience with weight-loss surgeries. Our team of weight loss experts will personalize a weight loss plan to meet your specific needs.

Click here to learn more about our Comprehensive Weight Management program, including our free information sessions, or call 614-293-5123.