Keep a Healthy Weight

Excessive weight or obesity can have dangerous effects on your body and health- including increased risk for cancer, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension.

Are you overweight?

Healthcare providers calculate your body mass index to evaluate your weight. Body Mass index is usually called B.M.I (bee-M-eye) and is a number that reports your body to weight composition.

You can find out your B.M.I by using this calculator.

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http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html.

What does Body Mass Index Score mean?

Once you know your BMI score, you can understand if you have too much body fat for your height. Your Body Mass Index score should be between 18.5-24.9. To understand what your score means please look at the table below.

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Losing weight for better health

If you are overweight, you should consider making a weight loss plan. Weight loss of as little as 10 pounds can significantly decrease your risk for high blood pressure by as much as 20% in a lifetime.

You can lose weight by changing your eating habits and increasing your physical activity. Weight loss is a result of eating the right amount of energy (in the form of food) that your body needs to function. Exercise will require your body to use more energy.

For more information on healthy eating, please click here.

For more information on exercise, please click here.

Sources:

American Heart Association. Weight management and blood pressure. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Weight-Management-and-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301884_Article.jsp#.Vqq0K_k4Fdg

Center for Disease Control. Healthy Weight. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. How is high blood pressure treated. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbp/treatment#PhysicalActivity

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AIM for a Healthy Weight, page 5. Available online:
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/aim_hwt.pdf

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