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Obesity and Abdominal Wall Hernias

  • Alfred Allen BuenafeEmail author
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Abstract

Obesity is currently a global epidemic. According to the World Health Organization’s data, the rate of obesity has been increasing since 1980. Industrialized nations used to be at the forefront of this global obesity epidemic; however, developing nations are also reporting growing trend of their own. Obesity is based on body mass index (BMI), measured by the weight in kilograms against the square of the height in meters. The BMI classification established by the World Health Organization published in 2000 is commonly used to categorize obesity: underweight <18.5 kg/m2, normal 18.5–24.9 kg/m2, overweight 25.0–29.9 kg/m2, obesity class I 30.0–34.9 kg/m2, obesity class II 35–39.9 kg/m2 and obesity class III ≥40.0 kg/m2. Asian populations have defined obesity starting at a lower BMI level (Japan: >25 kg/m2, and China: >28 kg/m2) in view of the population developing negative health consequences at lower levels.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philippine Center for Advanced SurgerySan JuanPhilippines

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