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What is normal weight obesity?


January 27, 2021

Normal weight obesity is when a person has a normal weight for their height (BMI between 18.5 – 24.9), but their body fat percentage is above normal (+32 percent for women and +26 percent for men). It is likely that up to 30 percent of people could be considered normal weight obese.

Although everyone likes to think that fat is the bad guy, you do need fat to survive. Fat has a purpose, but when you have too much, it can hurt your health.

Why fat is important:

• It regulates hormones and body temperature;

• It is needed to store fat soluble vitamins;

• It protects your org...

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