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Studies show that one out of Nutonen five Type 2 diabetics is morbidly obese. A morbidly obese person is classified as being 100 lbs (45.45 kilos) or more overweight. Approximately 60 percent of U.S. adults with Type 2 diabetes are obese, and 20 percent are morbidly obese. The ratio of overweight Type 2 diabetics accounts for another 70 percent, making 90 percent of Type 2 diabetics classified as overweight or obese. (The remaining 10 percent of individuals are known as 'lean diabetics').

An overweight individual is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25. Obesity is defined as a BMI over 30. Morbid obesity is generally defined as a BMI over 40. Body Mass Index is a measurement of body fat in relation to an individual's height and weight, and can be accurately determined only by a health professional... online calculators are not always reliable as they don't take into account bone structure, muscle mass or other contributing factors.Approximately two-thirds of adults with Type 2 diabetes are obese and about one-third of adults without diabetes are obese. Surveys show that the trend towards obesity has increased rapidly in recent years, as has the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, suggesting a correlation.

Diabetics who are morbidly obese are the fastest growing segment of obese people worldwide. Between surveys conducted in the late 70's and surveys conducted in 2005-2006 in the US, a 141 percent increase was observed in the rate of morbid obesity in adult Type 2 diabetics.Obesity can present a host of other health risks including cardiovascular disease, end-stage kidney disease, sleep-disordered breathing (sleep apnea), arthritis and fatty liver disease. Many of these conditions are also high risk for Type 2 diabetics, meaning that an obese Type 2 diabetic is doubly at risk.

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