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Etymology: AS, ofer + gewiht, weight
1 more than normal in body weight after adjustment for height, body build, and age, or 10% to 20% above the person's "desirable" body weight.
2 a body mass index between 25.0 and 29.9. See also body mass index.


A condition defined as ≥ 75th percentile of body-mass index [weight in kg/(height in m)]. Overweight adults are at increased risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, arthritis, degenerative joint disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gallbladder disease, gout, hypertension, colorectal and other cancers.


A condition defined as ≥ 75th percentile of body-mass index [wt in kg/(height in m)]2; overweight adults are at ↑ risk for ASHD, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, DM, gallbladder disease, gout, HTN, and certain CAs; overweight adolescents are at ↑ risk for CAD, stroke, colorectal CA. See Morbid obesity, Obesity.


The classification of body weight that is greater than the normal range but less than the obese range; defined by the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a body mass index between 25 and 30 kg/m2.


a condition in which body fat stores are enlarged to an extent which impairs health. Develops when food intake is in excess of energy requirements. The most common nutritional disorder worldwide, and the incidence is increasing. Defined in terms of body mass index and circumference at the waist. See also body composition, body weight, waist-to-hip ratio.

body weight

term in common use for what is properly called body mass and commonly, but incorrectly, referred to in units of mass (e.g. kg). Strictly, body weight is the force due to the effect of gravity on body mass, expressed in newtons (N). See also body composition, body mass index.

Patient discussion about overweight

Q. Can you be "fit" as well as overweight? Can you be "fit" as well as overweight? There have been articles around saying it was okay for women to be overweight as long as you got some exercise...

A. There is a new term floating around - diabesity. The link between obesity and diabetes is that strong!

Q. How can I prevent my baby developing Overweight? He’s gaining a lot of weight since birth, too much as the Dr. said…how can I prevent it?

A. Here is couple of advices about overweight in infants I found useful when my baby was 6 months old. It’s not full but it’s still very helpful and effective.

Q. how much an over weight consider to be?

A. a usual way is in Body Mass index, which is not exact but it's generally a good one:

but i think the best way is checking fat percentage. there's a way to do it, in the gym they usually check it out.

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