Understanding Obesity

Obesity can be defined as an excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. It’s commonly assumed that obesity is mostly caused by poor lifestyle choices. But is that necessarily the case?

Defining Obesity

Watch this short video to see how obesity medicine specialist Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD defines obesity. As you’ll hear him say, measures like BMI are useful, but are not what ultimately determines whether or not a person has obesity.

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The Four Elements of Obesity

Watch this video to learn about the 4 elements of the modern environment that have influenced the rate of obesity globally. Ultimately, according to Dr. Kaplan, it’s our interaction with this so-called “perfect environmental storm” that determines whether or not we develop obesity.

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