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Watch Your Weight

When is Watching Your Weight Necessary?

According to the CDC, more than 68 percent of U.S. adults older than 20 are either overweight or obese. Extra weight is a concern because it may cause new health issues or worsen already existing health problems. 

A BMI of 25-29 is considered overweight. A BMI over 30 is considered obese. To help you determine if your weight is within a normal range, you can use this BMI calculator. 

Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important if you have or have had any of the following conditions: 
  • Heart disease 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Stroke 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Cancer of the uterus, gallbladder, kidney, stomach, breast, or colon 
  • High total cholesterol level 
  • Arthritis of the back and knees 

If your weight is not in the healthy range for your height and build, the best way to lose weight is to set a reasonable goal and lose it slowly and gradually. For example, lose 1/2 to 1 pound a week. An initial weight loss goal of 5 to 7 percent of body weight is realistic for most individuals. Develop a healthy pattern of eating and exercising that you can follow for the rest of your life. 

Use the calculator here to determine your BMI:

BMI Result:

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5—24.9 Normal
25.0—29.9 Overweight
30.0 to 35.0 Obese
35.0 and Above Morbidly Obese

This calculator is not intended to replace the evaluation of a healthcare professional.

BMI alone should not be used to determine healthy weight or predict health risks. Other considerations include:

  • Waist measurement — a larger waist relative to normal weight can increase disease risk
  • Muscle mass — since muscle weighs more than fat, a healthy body builder will have a higher BMI than a sedentary person of similar measurements

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