Why It's Important
Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. However, reducing your BMI (Body Mass Index) if you are overweight not only reduces your risk significantly, but can also help you to feel better and more energized every day.
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What's a Healthy Weight?
Measuring your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a useful way to determine if you are at a healthy weight. Excess weight can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight, reducing your BMI not only reduces your risk significantly, but can also help you to feel better and more energized every day.
|Less than 18.5||Underweight|
|18.5 to 24.9||Healthy|
|25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 or more||Obese|
|40 or greater||Extremely Obese|
Discuss your BMI results with your doctor to see if you are at an increased risk and should lose weight. For people who are considered obese or overweight and have other risk factors, weight loss is generally recommended, and preventing additional weight gain becomes of greater importance. Remember, even small changes can have big benefits. Lowering your weight by just 5-10% if you are overweight or obese can dramatically reduce your health risks.