Did you know that today 1 out of 3 adults are obese? Obesity means having too much body fat which is different than being overweight. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure used to determine whether someone is underweight, overweight, or obese. BMI is based on height and weight; muscle mass is not part of the equation. Your BMI can be calculated by multiplying your weight (in pounds) by 705, then dividing it by your height (in inches) twice. A BMI of 18.5-24.9 is considered a healthy weight. A BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI over 30 is considered obese. A BMI of 40 or above indicates that you are morbidly obese.
There are many health risks of being obese including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease (including heart attack and heart failure), stroke, sleep apnea, asthma, acid reflux, blood clots, cancer, gout, and arthritis. Losing 7-10% of your body weight can delay or prevent some of these conditions. You may even be able to decrease or stop some of your medications.
Losing weight can change your life! So get "thinspired" and be proactive about lifestyle changes. Think positive, improve your diet, and be more active. You don't need a New Year's resolution to lose weight. You can start now! It is in your control and you will love your new you!