Maintaining healthy weight reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Overweight people have more complications from illness than people who are in a healthy weight range. A key to determining if someone is overweight is the Body Mass Index (BMI). Compare your BMI to the BMI ranges below:
Anyone who is overweight should try to avoid gaining additional weight. Additionally, if you are overweight with other risk factors (such as high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high blood pressure), you should try to lose weight. Even a small weight loss (just 10% of your current weight) may help lower the risk of disease. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine appropriate ways to lose weight. Start by assessing the benefits and barriers to better weight management. Talk to your doctor for guidance in developing a weight management plan that is right for you.
People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Physical activity, proper nutrition, professional support from a dietitian, and/or medical weight management programs are available. Talk to your doctor for guidance in developing a weight management plan that is right for you.