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(5) Obesity in Children’s

Leon, 5 Years Old and Morbidly Obese


What is “morbid obesity?”

Several other terms are used in the medical literature to define and classify excess weight. They have not been fully standardized. They revolve around the BMI.



Terms used to define and classify excess weight.

 BMI - Classification - Other Terms

 < 18.5 – Underweight

18.5 to 24.9 – Normal

25 to 29.9 - Overweight

30 to 34.9 - Obese-Classes I

35 to 39.9 – Obese-Class II

> 40 Obese-Class III - Severe Obesity

40 to 40.9 - Morbid Obesity

> 50 - Super Obesity

So morbid obesity, super obesity, or severe obesity represent the patient with the heaviest weight and the greatest risk of severe health problems. “Morbid obesity” is an old term and tries to capture the idea that this excess weight is a risk to health and may even be life threatening.




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