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Weight Management

Understanding Obesity

Are you overweight or obese?

  • About two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese
  • Obese individuals have a 10 to 50 percent increased risk of death from weight-related illnesses
  • More than 100,000 people die each year due to weight-related illnesses

Health affects of obesity

Obesity is a serious medical condition and a growing epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity can lead to dangerous chronic diseases and medical conditions, including:

  • Learn more about weight loss options at the Methodist Weight Management Institute, Dallas, Texas - including bariatric surgery and To Life medically managed weight loss programArthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gallstones
  • GERD/heartburn
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Liver disease
  • Menstrual problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Sleep apnea/breathing problems
  • Stroke
  • Urinary incontinence

Obesity can also limit physical activity, cripple self-esteem, and affect personal and professional relationships, sometimes exposing people to bias and discrimination because of their weight.

Body Mass Index

Body mass index (BMI) is the current standard for determining whether someone is overweight or obese. BMI takes into account your height as well as your weight.

BMI is a rough guide to healthy body weight. Some very muscular people have above-average BMIs even though they're quite healthy. Other people may have normal BMIs even though they have high body fat because they also have very little muscle.

BMI Indicators

 Acceptable 18.5-24.9
 Overweight 25-29.9
 Obese 30-34.9
 Severely Obese 35-39.9
 Morbidly Obese 40 and above






Check your BMI with the Body Mass Index Calculator

Are you morbidly obese?

People who answer yes to one or more of these questions are likely to be morbidly obese:

  • Are you more than 100 pounds overweight?
  • Do you have a BMI over 40?
  • Do you have a BMI over 35 and health conditions related to your weight, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or severe sleep apnea?
  • Are you unable to reach or maintain a healthy body weight, even with medically supervised dieting?

Morbid obesity is a serious, chronic disease with symptoms that can build slowly over an extended period. If you're obese now, you should be talking to your doctor about how to keep the disease from progressing.

Changing for good, changing for life

If you think you may be severely obese, you owe it to yourself and everyone who cares about you to get treatment. Left untreated, obesity almost always interferes with quality of life, quantity of life, or both.

Are you ready to get started on your weight-loss journey? Click here to schedule a consultation with an independently practicing physician on the Methodist Health System medical staff. Methodist Weight Management Institute, Dallas and Mansfield, Texas, DFW Metroplex weight-loss

Contact the Methodist Weight Management Institute

Take the first step toward better health today. Contact the Methodist Weight Management Institute at 214-947-0004, toll-free 1-866-500-1852, or e-mail weightloss@mhd.com.

Schedule a consultation with an independently practicing physician at the Methodist Weight Management Institute.


Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff, including those practicing at the Methodist Weight Management Institute, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.

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