|The Causes And Health Implications Of Excess Body Fat.
Obesity, the term applied to people who are overweight and/or have excess body fat, is one of the commonest problems in the Western or Developed world. Obesity is a rapidly increasing nutritional disorder which has both short and long term health implications. It is both normal and desirable to have some reserves of fat in the body. In lean men about 16 per cent of body weight is fat at age 25, increasing to 24 per cent by age 65. In lean woman, about 30 per cent of body weight is fat at age 25, increasing to about 36 per cent by age 65. (1).