We live in a world filled with paradox. Ours is a world in which some persons have famine while others deal with obesity—an epidemic that threatens their health. Obesity is increasing worldwide; currently, more than 2 billion persons worldwide are now overweight or obese (1).

The terms underweight, normal weight, overweight, obesity, and severe obesity refer to a clinical continuum. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tables were once used to characterize obesity. Now there are several anthropometric measures to assess adiposity. Presently, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) are 2 recommended clinical measures to evaluate patients' obesity-related health ...


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