Definition of Obesity:
More than half of the U.S. population is overweight. But being obese is different from being overweight. An individual is considered obese when weight is 20% (25% in women) or more over the maximum desirable for their height. When an adult is more than 100 pounds overweight, it is considered morbid obesity.
Obesity is also defined as a BMI (body mass index) over 30 kg/m2. Patients with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight, but not obese. See also diet and calories.
See also: Weight Loss
Drugs (by generic name) associated with Obesity
The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of Obesity. This service should be used as a supplement to, and NOT a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners.
Alternative treatments for Obesity
The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Obesity. Their efficacy may not have been scientifially tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Obesity.
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Synonym(s): Overweight; Weight Gain