Is being obese the same as being over weight?

In short, yes. Obesity is the medical term that is used for being over weight. In medicine we tend to use the body mass index (BMI) scale, which can give a good indicator of whether or not you are in a healthy weight range. Use our special BMI calculator below to calculate your BMI to see if you need to take action.


  • Your height below must be in inches. There are 12 inches in a foot, so if you are 5 ft tall you would be (5 x 12 inches), or 60 inches. 

  • You may use the scale below not only to determine where you are now, but to figure out how many pounds you would need to lose in order to be in a healthy weight range.

What is obesity?

Obesity is a medical condition that affects about 40% of adults in the United States. When a person carries excess body weight that negatively affects their health, they may be considered obese. You can diagnose obesity using the Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI is calculated using a person’s height and weight. Using your BMI to determine if you're overweight is not a perfect system, but it's a good place to start. Many people who suffer from obesity develop medical conditions.

If you are overweight, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re obese. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers a person with a BMI of 30 or higher obese. You are considered overweight with a BMI between 25-30. The higher the BMI, the greater your risk becomes in developing illnesses or other health problems. Obesity increases your risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, arthritis, and heart disease. These are considered obesity related illnesses. Committing to the right weight loss program will serve as disease control and prevention for further complications.

Maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight through diet and exercise is useful in preventing or reducing the risks of obesity. In some cases, a person may need bariatric surgery, but in many cases, obesity can be treated without surgery.

What causes obesity?

Obesity is caused by several factors, such as:

  • Having the obesity gene

  • Consuming high-caloric and high-fructose diets

  • Living a sedentary life

  • Not getting enough sleep

What is the obesity gene?

The gene called the fat-mass and obesity-associate gene (FTO) may contribute to obesity. The gene makes it difficult for some people to feel full, which often leads to a higher caloric intake. If you feel that this may describe you, don't despair! The gene itself does not mean that you are destined to be overweight. Get in touch with us and we will be able to identify if you likely have the gene, and help you with guidelines on how to manage your weight irrespective of its effects. 

How many calories is too many?

If you are eating more calories in your diet than you are expending through exercise, your body will develop fat stores. Those fat stores can eventually lead to obesity. Certain foods that are high in fats and sugars increase the risk of weight gain, like:

  • Fast foods (especially fried food)

  • Processed meats

  • Sodas and alcohol

  • Processed pastries and desserts

Consuming high-fructose foods regularly can change the way your metabolism works, making it more difficult to burn calories. Foods high in liquid fructose include:

  • Soda and energy drinks

  • Candy

  • Processed sauces and condiments

  • Sweetened juices

  • Breakfast bars and cereals

Maintaining a well balanced diet and committing to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables will help prevent obesity. The path towards sustainable weight loss is more than just eating right, however. In addition to eating the right things, you also need to engage in physical activity.

What is a sedentary lifestyle?

Our day to day tasks involve less manual labor than generations before us. We tend to work behind desks, travel by car, and entertain ourselves by playing computer games or watching television. The less you move around or exercise, the fewer calories you burn. We often justify these types of activities because we're all so busy. But engaging in exercise regularly keeps our body's healthy and may prevent further medical complications to our health. A common symptom of obesity for many people is type 2 diabetes. Consistent physical activity tends to keep insulin levels stable.

You don’t have to go to the gym to lead an active lifestyle, though. Other activities that would increase the number of calories you burn include:

  • Walking or cycling to locations nearby instead of driving

  • Climbing the stairs instead of taking the escalator

  • Performing physical tasks around the house instead of hiring someone else to do them

Does sleep affect weight?

Sleep deprivation can lead to hormonal changes that increase appetite and encourage weight-gain. When you don’t sleep enough, your body produces a hormone called ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. It also lessens the production of a hormone called leptin, which suppresses appetite.

How do you treat obesity?

Just like there are many causes of obesity, there are also many forms of treatment. Peak Medical Weight Loss Clinic believes that the most successful, long-term treatment of obesity is a holistic approach. This means treating both the mind and the body. By helping replace bad habits with healthier ones, we strive to provide you with the tools for sustainable weight loss. Education, coupled with healthy habits and a positive outlook can help you lose weight and keep it off. We aim to keep obesity and obesity related illnesses at bay so that you can live your best life.

What is Peal Medical Weight Loss Clinic?

At Peak Medical, we know that there is not one plan that fits all. Treating obesity is different for every person. There are surgical procedures and non-surgical procedures, both designed to help treat obesity and obesity related illnesses. Peak Medical Weight Loss Clinic offers non-surgical medical therapy to patients suffering from obesity. Our medical staff has expertly crafted multiple programs designed to help our patients approach weight loss from multiple angles.

Our founder, Dr. Thomas Brown, established Peak Medical to create an environment for all people to thrive. The combination of the right medications, medical interventions, and education ensures weight loss for our patients.

We believe that everyone is capable of achieving their goals if they commit to working towards them. That’s not to say the weight loss journey is easy. In fact, we know it’s hard. We’ve got a strong support network to provide you with what you need to stay motivated. By developing lifelong healthy habits, you can lose the weight and keep it off.

Diet and exercise alone has not been proven effective in losing weight and keeping it off. There are many fad diets out there that promise dramatic results, but have no plan for helping you keep the weight off. We're not asking you to commit to cleaning up your diet and exercising intensely for a matter of months. We're asking you to commit to the journey. Commit to changing your life.