The media equate health with a slender body. But do you have to become slender to become healthier?
According to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) being overweight or obese increases the risk of morbidity from hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, as well as endometrial, breast, prostate and colon cancers.
Overweight is defined as having a BMI of 25.0 to 29.9, and obese is defined as having a BMI of 30 or greater. You can use our BMI Calculator to calculate your BMI.
The good news is that your health can be significantly improved with relatively minor weight loss. Losing just 10% of your body weight can significantly decrease the severity of obesity-related risk factors.
In our "thin obsessed" society, it can be difficult to think in terms of anything less than major weight loss. But an initial goal of 10% is realistic, more easily achieved, and more easily maintained. And now you know that it will improve your health.
The typical dieter sets an unrealistic goal, fails, and ends up weighing more than when they started. Start with a smaller, more realistic goal, and in no time at all you'll be slimmer and healthier. Forever.
Megan Porter, RD