Tech Doc: Obesity is a big problem - maybe bigger than diet, exercise can address - LubbockOnline.com

It is hard to believe, but it is predicted on current trends that 40 percent of the American population will be morbidly obese by 2025. Currently, one out of three Americans are considered obese, and the gap is closing as more and more people fall into the obese category.

In 1991, the National Institute of Health defined obesity as a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 35 with co-morbidities related to obesity or a BMI greater than 40. BMI is calculated by taking your weight in pounds and dividing it by your height in inches squared.

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STEVEN GARCIA M.D., IS THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF BARIATRICS AT TEXAS TECH PHYSICIANS — SURGERY.

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