The number of obese American adults outweighs the number of those who are merely overweight, according to the lastest statistics from the federal government. Since weight is a key issue in snoring and sleep apnea treatment we provide at DesertSmiles, we are acutely aware of this negative trend.
Numbers posted by the national Center for Health Statistics show that more than 34 percent of Americans are obese compared to 32.7 percent who are overweight.
More than one-third of adults, or over 72 million people, were obese in 2005-2006, the NCHS said in its December 08 report. The prevalence of obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
Obesity and overweight are calculated using a formula called body mass index. BMI is equal to weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Someone with a BMI of 25-29 is considered as overweight, 30-40 counts as obese and people with BMIs of 40 or more are morbidly obese.
The U.S. National INstitutes of Health has an online BMI calculator at www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/. For more information in the Phoenix and Glendale areas regarding snoring and sleep apnea treatments contact Dr. Wilcox at 602-978-1790.