WHAT IS HEALTHY
"What is Healthy Weight Management?"
While healthy weight may seem like a national obession, there may, in fact, be good reason to think about this health issue. According to research, over 60% of American adults are overweight or obese, putting them at increased risk of disabilty and disease (including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, and arthritus) related to overweight and obesity. Experts also estimate that 30% of teenagers have a weight problem. Weight loss and exercise can help reduce the risk of developing the serious health conditions associated with being overweight and obesity.
"What is Overweight?" "What is Obesity?"
* Being overweight means that you have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 This may also pose health problems depending on how much excess weight you carry.
* Obesity has been defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher. This happens when you consume more food energy (calories) than you are able to use. The excess energy gets stored in the body as fat.
*In both cases, inactivity or little activity and poor diet are two of the most important contributing factors to excessive weight gain.
"How are Overweight and Obesity measured?"
The most widely used measure of overweight and obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI). The value calculated is not dependent on age or gender. The BMI may be used to determine whether or not you are at a healthy weight and may be used to determine if your health is at risk because of your weight.
Although the BMI is useful for establishing guidelines for healthy adults (ages 20 to 65 years), it does not apply to:
*Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women
*Adults over 65 years of age