# What Weight Is Classed As Obese?

Weight is not the regular factor when obesity is being calculated. Standing on a bathroom scale and getting the measurement of your weight is not an appropriate way to find out if you are obese or not. It is important that you find out your body mass in order to determine if you are obese. You can go to any doctors office and find out you body mass as most nurses are trained to check and measure body mass.

Body mass is calculated with the help of your exact weight and height. This measurement is called Body Mass Index and can give you an idea about how over weight are you. If your body mass is between 30 to 34.9 means you are class 1 obese, 35 to 39.9 class 2 obese, 40 or more means class 3 obese which is the most severe stage of being obese.
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Obesity is going to be a different number on the scale for every person depending on their height and gender.

Women tend to carry more fat naturally then men, so their numbers are going to be slightly higher:

First off, you have your essential body fat percentage levels.. These are needed in order for your body to function properly.  Dipping this low in bodyfat is dangerous:

Women: 10-13%
Men: 2-5%

Above that you have those who are athletes:

Women: 14-20%
Men: 6-13%

Those who are at a decent level of fitness:

Women: 21-24%
Men: 14-17%

Those who are average(overweight really):

Women: 25-31%
Men: 18-24%

And finally those who are obese:

Women: 32%+
Men: 25%+

The thing is, there is a lot of variance when testing bodyfat percentage levels, a lot of "professionals" can't even give you a proper bodyfat percentage test these days.  The best way to find out is with a 7 point caliper test.

Or...head on over to a bodybuilding forum and post your pic up if you're brave, a lot of them tend to have a good eye for judging your bodyfat percentage.

But basically, 25%+ as a man is obese and 32%+ as a woman is obese..

What that means is you're at greater risk for:

-hypertension/high blood pressure
-coronary heart disease
-Type 2 diabetes
-stroke
-osteoarthritis
-sleep apnea/other breathing issues

and a host of other issues...including cancer.

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