Obesity Prevention

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Connie Codispoti

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Know Your Numbers

How much should I weigh?

Your healthiest body weight depends on your age, your height, how much muscle versus fat you carry, and your family history & genetics.
Experts have spent years studying the best ways to screen people for unhealthy weights that can put people at higher risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.delaware county healthy eating weight
With the rise of obesity and health care costs, U.S. health care and public health experts have strongly recommended screening all adults for unhealthy weights.  Here in the U.S., Body Mass Index (BMI) is now the most common way adults are screened for weight issues and are educated about their healthiest weight range.
 

Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is a number that estimates a person’s amount of body fat based on height and weight.
Excess weight/body fat can lead to these health problems:
 
High cholesterol and triglycerides
Inflammation
High blood pressure
Type II Diabetes
Heart disease
Stroke
Osteoarthritis
Some cancers (breast, colon, endometrial)
Once our height and weight is put into a formula that gives us our BMI number,  we can compare to BMI categories labeled underweight, normal weight,overweight, obese and extreme obesity.
Underweight                     Less than 18.5 
Normal weight                  18.5 – 24.9 
Overweight                        25 – 29.9
Obese                                   30 – 39.9
Extreme Obesity              40 and above
 
BMI does have limitations. It can overestimate body fat in athletes and others with a very muscular build, and underestimate body fat in older adults and those who have lost muscle.
 

What’s Your BMI?

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