The term Morbid Obesity was commonly used in the past as a description or classification of a type of obesity. In the past, a patient was considered Morbidly Obese if he or she was 100 pounds over his/her ideal body weight, had a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more and experiencing obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. There are many problems with this classification with the first and most obvious being its ambiguity. This definition of obesity can be met three different ways. Something that has three definitions loses its value as a term of description due to the multiple things it can mean.

The second reason is more important than the first.

The term morbid means anything causing an abnormal or unhealthy state. In the past, the medical community was relatively unaware of the tremendous and significant detrimental impact excessive fat causes. Patients with excessive fat or obesity are at increased risk for high blood sugar or diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, bone and joint problems, breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, gallstones, liver disease, and cancer. These medical conditions do not develop once a patient attains a BMI of greater than 35 or greater than 40. These medical conditions begin when the metabolism becomes abnormal. This process can begin prior to the patient gaining weight and is known to occur in patient with normal weight. When this occurs, these patients are Metabolically Obese Normal Weight. These means that the word morbid is applicable to anyone regardless of weight; but most definitely does not begin when a patient becomes obese. Morbidity can be experienced at any weight regardless of the presence of obesity. In fact, obesity in itself is morbid; therefor a certain class of obesity cannot be morbid while the other classes are not morbid.

 

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