Nobody likes squeezing into a favorite pair of jeans or realizing you should buy a dress the next size up—but sometimes weight gain is more than just a slip in healthy habits. Excessive weight can be a serious threat to a person’s wellbeing. But where is the line between being healthy and unhealthy when it comes to weight gain?
Recently, obesity has been re-designated as a disease; defined as a person who has a Body Mass Index of 30kg/m2 or above. Similar to other diseases, a set of common symptoms accompanies this definition such high blood pressure or physical inactivity, which allow physicians to more accurately diagnose a person as obese.
From a medical standpoint, Osama Hamdy, M.D., Ph.D, F.A.C.E., Medical Director of the Obesity Clinical Program at Joslin, Director of Inpatient Diabetes Management at Joslin and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, agrees with the decision to recognize obesity as a disease.