Healthy Weight To Reduce Risk Of Disease

Healthy weight should be a goal for everyone. Obesity in the U.S. is a growing concern for both adults and children. The health risks involved are similar for everyone. The risks could include the following:

Coronary heart disease Type 2 diabetes Cancers(endometrial, breast, and colon) Hypertension(high blood pressure) Dyslipidemia(high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides) Stroke Liver and Gallbaladder disease Sleep apnea and respiratory problems Osteroarthritis Gynecological problems(abnormal menses, infertility)

Two ways to assess whether you are currently at your best weight is to use a BMI test(body mass index) which is a good indicator of body fatness; the other is waist circumference. You can use a BMI chart or BMI calculator to determine you body fat. An index of 18.5 is underweight, and index of 18.5 to 24.9 is normal range,25.00 to 29.9 is overweight, anything over 30.0 is in the obese range. Excessive abdominal fat is a risk for obesity related disease. Measuring your waist can be a reasonably good indicator of the need to lose body fat. If you are a woman, your waist size should be 35 inches. A man's waist should not measure more than 40 inches.

Some may think that their weight should be a certain number. However, as long as your vital statistics, such as normal blood pressure, are in good shape you are probably doing okay. Don't forget to see your doctor to make sure that you are as close to a manageable weight as possible. Preventing and improving disease can be done by having a healthy weight.

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