A condition of excess weight of an individual can be known as overweight and obesity. However, there are certain differences between a person being overweight and being obese. Let us know some of the differences here.


Overweight Vs Obese: Differences Worth Knowing


Overweight Vs Obese: Differences Based on their Definition

Being overweight means, having a body weight that is considered more than normal or healthy for an individual's age, height and sex. However, being obese means the individual having an excess amount of body fat with a BMI or Body Mass index of over 30. It must be noted that an overweight individual will carry extra weight; however he or she may or may not have excessive fat accumulation.

Overweight Vs Obese: Differences Based on Some Facts

There are some differences between overweight and obese as per the global estimation of WHO.


  • In the year 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years were overweight, while over 600 million adults were obese.
  • In the year 2014, Overall 39% of adults aged 18 years were overweight. While about 13% of the World's adult population were obese.

Overweight Vs Obese: Differences based on BMI Range

BMI or Body Mass Index is a number that is calculated based on both, the weight and the height so as to determine if the weight is high or low when compared with what you would expect for that height. In case of overweight people, the BMI lies between 25 to 29.9. However an individual is considered as obese if he or she has a BMI that is over 30.

Overweight Vs Obese: Differences based on Risk Factors

There are certain risk of being overweight and also being obese. Being overweight have chances of getting encountered with depression, high blood pressure etc. Obese persons are most likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, hypertension, depression and various social problems etc.

Overweight Vs Obese: Differences Based on Causes

Overweight can be caused due to genetic reasons as well as because of taking foods more than what is expended by the body. People being obese usually are known to have more intake, eating fast foods, have hormonal imbalances, live sedentary lifestyle, have more stress and depression which may be the cause of obesity.

Overweight Vs Obese: Differences Based on Occurrences in Children

About 22 millions of children below 5 years of age are overweight. Around 5% of the 22 million overweight children below 5 years are termed clinically obese.

Overweight Vs Obese: Differences based on Treatments and Remedies

Overweight people require exercise and require reducing their intake of unwanted food which may help them reduce weight. Treatments and remedies for obese people include taking reduce calories, exercise and also in extremely severe cases surgery.

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:


Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: June 20, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer


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