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Being "overweight," is defined as having a BMI of 25 to 29.9. It implies being too heavy for one's height. Obesity, defined as having a BMI of 30 or above, refers specifically to having too much body fat. It is extra body fat, not muscle, that increases the risk of serious health problems.

From: Overweight Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health'sWeight-control Information Network. U.S. Department of Agriculture's mypyramid: "Steps to a Healthier You."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health'sWeight-control Information Network. U.S. Department of Agriculture's mypyramid: "Steps to a Healthier You."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

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