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What is the difference between overweight and obese?

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Overweight and obese are two different classification used to denote the body fat of person (also known as BMI). Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on weight and height that applies to adult men and women.

Obesity is a condition which is marked by excessive generalized deposition of fat, with a BMI (Body mass index) of over 30. Whereas, being overweight is a condition in which a person weighs more than what is considered normal for that age, height, and sex.

As per WHO (2016) and NICE (2014) classification of adult overweight and obesity, a person is considered obese when BMI (Body mass index) is over 30 and overweight when their BMI (Body mass index) is between 25 and 29.9.

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