Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD
A lifestyle that combines sensible eating with regular physical activity is the key to good health.
To be at their best, adults need to avoid gaining weight, many need to lose weight and some are underweight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and breathing problems. A healthy weight is key to a long, healthy life.
Evaluate Your Body
Weight for adults and children, different methods are used to find out if weight is about right for height. If you are an adult, find out your BMI (click here for calculations). Not all adults who have a BMI in the range labeled "healthy" are at their most healthy weight. For example:
There is no single perfect body size for children. However, many children in the United States are overweight. If you have concerns about your child's body size, talk with your health care professional.
Keep track of your weight and your waist measurement, and take action if either of them increases. If your BMI is greater than 25, at least try to avoid further weight gain. If you are middle-aged or elderly and your waist measurement increases, you are probably gaining fat and losing muscle. If so, take steps to eat less and become more active.
Evaluate Your Weight (Adults):
Find Out Your Other Risk Factors:
The more of these risk factors you have, the more you are likely to benefit from weight loss if you are overweight or obese.
Manage Your Weight
Our genes affect our tendency to gain weight. A tendency to gain weight is increased when food is plentiful and when we use equipment and vehicles to save time and energy. Plentiful food and labor-saving devices can make it very difficult to avoid weight gain, but it is possible to manage your weight through your food and physical activity choices.
To make it easier to manage your weight, make long-term changes in your eating behavior and physical activity. Here are some tips to accomplish this:
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