Being Overweight

Body Mass Index
Being overweight is a serious health concern. For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are measured by using the body mass index (BMI). BMI is used to measure body fat based on height and weight. It is used, for most people, as it correlates with their amount of body fat. An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight while an adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. Calculate your BMI and assess your risks.
Waist Measurement
Another way to calculate overweight and obesity ranges is by waist measurement. If you are a woman and your waist measures more than 35" inches, or if you are a man and your waist measures more than 40" inches, you are more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers. Talk to your doctor about the health risks of your weight.

Overweight people are more likely to have problems with:
  • Angina (chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart)
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gout (joint pain caused by excess uric acid)
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoarthritis (wearing away of joints)
  • Sleep apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep)
  • Strokes
  • Sudden death from heart disease or stroke without any signs or symptoms

The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to have health problems. Weight loss can help improve the harmful effects of being overweight. Studies show that you can lower your health risks by losing as little as 10-20 pounds.