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Glossary of Weight Loss Terms

Obese:The condition having and increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat. This is usually indicated as having a Body Mass Index in excess of 30.

Obesity: The condition in which excess fat has accumulated in the body; usually considered to be 20 percent above the recommended weight for height and age.

Obesity Surgery: Center: A medical facility specializing in bariatric procedures.

Oils: Triglycerides that are liquid at room temperature. Oils are often included in the general category of "fat," although technically fats are triglycerides that are solid at room temperature.

Oral Hypoglycaemic Drug: medications taken by mouth that stimulate the release or improve the action of insulin.

Orlistat:Orlistat (marketed as Xenical) is a drug designed to treat obesity. It works by inhibiting pancreatic lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fat in the intestine. Without this enzyme, fat from the diet is excreted undigested, and not absorbed by the body.

Osteoporosis:A disease characterized by reduction in mineral content usually seen with aging, but also in connection with certain conditions such as paralysis, or due to prolonged use of certain drugs, such as corticosteroids.

Overweight:The condition of weighing more than is normal or healthy for one's age or build. This is usually indicated as having a Body Mass Index higher than 25 but lower than 30.

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