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Overweight Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • the property of excessive fatness
  • usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it

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  • the property of excessive fatness

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Overweight Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Overweight is the condition of a person when they have more fat in their body than what is thought as to be normal for their height.

To find out if a person is overweight, you can calculate their body mass index. People with a BMI of 25 or more are said to be overweight. Anything above 30 is said to be obese (very overweight). Overweight used to be a BMI of 27 or more. In 1998 this changed.

Being overweight is associated with health problems such as Type 2 diabetes.

Doctors often tell overweight people that losing weight would be good for their health. People usually try to lose weight by eating less. This is called 'dieting'. They may exercise too. Dieting is often ineffective. 41% of dieters weigh more four to five years after the end of the diet than before it began.

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* Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing. - Dave Barry

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