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Do You Know Obesity When You See It? Most Doctors Don’t

Only 36 percent of Americans think they're too heavy, even though data shows that 69 percent of us are overweight or obese. (Photo: Getty Images) We live in a culture obsessed with weight. Fifty-one percent of American adults want to slim down, according to a 2013 Gallup poll.

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Dr. Barry Sears

I use the simple mirror test for obesity.  Stand stark naked sideways in front of mirror and don’t suck in your stomach.  If you don’t like what you see, then you are probably obese. More scientifically, use the body-fat calculator at to determine your percent body fat.  It is excess fat, not weight, that determines obesity.


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