Do you know OBESE when you see it?

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I’m Not Obese!
 “I just went to the Doctor and he told me I’m obese!  Can you believe that?  I may need to lose some weight but I’m certainly not obese!”    Curiously I’ve heard this conversation more than once and sometimes the “I” is replaced with “my husband”, or “my wife”, or “my friend”.  I might laugh it off except a couple of years ago I was in a doctor’s waiting room and happened to peruse a Body Mass Index chart posted on the wall.  When I traced my height and weight to find my BMI (body mass index) I was shocked to find I was in the obese category.   When I told my wife, she said “You may need to lose some weight but you’re certainly not obese!”  Sound familiar?
An Obesity Epidemic
The CDC states that 34% of American adults over 20 years of age are obese.  If one in three of us are obese, you’d think we would have a pretty good idea what obese looks like.  Try this test; look at A through E below and identify under weight, normal weight, and obese?

Obesity Scale and BMI




Using the Body Mass Index

Body mass index is defined as body weight divided by the square of height. While the BMI has been in existence since the eighteen hundreds, it came to prominence in the early 70’s as concerns about increasing levels of obesity became prominent. While not a perfect measurement, it has been found to be the most accurate of the simple body fat measurements. It’s even easier to use by referring to a table like the one below.  Find your height in the left column, and trace horizontally to find your weight. Straight up from your weight, at the top of the chart will be your BMI number.

The BMI scale breaks down as follows a BMI of 19 to 24 is normal weight, a BMI of 25 to 29 is overweight, a BMI of 30 to 39 is obese, a BMI over 40 is extremely obese, sometimes referred to as morbidly obese.

Obesity Scale and BMI




How to Move from Obese to Normal without a Diet


I feel I can fairly answer this question because I was able to move from the obese category to the normal category and have remained there for over a year. Please know that I’ve had my share of yo-yo diets. I’ve lost and regained 30 lbs a half dozen times in my life. Maybe that’s why I decided to do something different. Take a look at what I did.

    • Take a vow to never diet again. 
  • Think about this. How would you eat if you were never going to diet ever again? · 
  • Put no time limit on achieving your healthy weight.
    • It took me two years to lose 50 lbs.  The slower the better.  Slower means you’re developing real habits.



  • Commit to eating real food and forget calories; salad and fruit daily, grass fed beef, free range eggs  
    • Your body wants nutrients, not calories. Again, just make one small change to your diet at a time.


  • Get the preservatives, GMOs, and toxins out of your diet and the toxic emotions out of your head. 
    • If you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is, don’t eat it. If something is bothering you, deal with it, don’t ignore it.
Do you know OBESE when you see it?
So how did you do on the test?  Body image A is “normal Weight”.  There is no underweight image on the chart.  Body image B is overweight.  Body image C is obese.  That’s right, body image C is obese.  The truth is body image C can easily have an extra 50 lbs of fat.  I know because I was body image C and I had 50 lbs of extra fat.  I’m guessing you know a lot of people who fit body image C.  Body image D is severely obese, and body image E is morbidly obese.
It doesn’t matter where you are on the chart today.  What matters is where you’re going on the chart.  The only thing separating you from your healthy weight is knowledge.  Your body is your ally.  Work with it and achieve the health you deserve.  Feed the body well and the body will be well!
Written by Peter Wright
Peter Wright, NTP, CGP

Peter Wright, NTP, CGP

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