Catering Glossary


Overweight is classified as obesity when BMI exceeds 30, as it is around this point that it is associated with certain health risks e.g. cardiovascular disease, metabolic dysfunction, orthopedic problems and reduces life expectancy. 


  • genetic factors
  • calorific imbalance due to overeating and a sedentary lifestyle
  • psychological aspects 

Therapy to combat obesity involves a long-term change in eating habits and lifestyle. In extreme cases, medical or surgical therapy is possible.