Morbid obesity means that the individual weighs anywhere from 50 to 100% percent more than normal weight or they are more than 100 pounds over normal weight. Morbid obesity literally means that the amount of overweight a person is carrying is life-threatening, due to its related health risks. Morbid obesity also often significantly hinders or prevents an individual from accomplishing many day-to-day functions. Surgical procedures like gastric bypass are often seriously considered as a weight control option for those who are morbidly obese.
Why should obesity taken seriously?
Obese individuals have a 50 to 100% increased risk of death from all causes as compared to normal-weight individuals.
What is the difference between being overweight and obese?
The CDC defines overweight as referring to increased body weight in relation to height as determined by comparison to a standard height/weight chart. People who are considered overweight have not reached a high enough weight to qualify as being obese. As a rule of thumb, the medical community usually considers someone to be overweight rather than obese if their weight is 10% higher than normal as definied by height/weight charts.