It’s a tale as old as time. You go to the doctor, step on the scale, and viola — they tell you that you need to drop a few pounds. Next thing you know, you’re worried that you may be at risk for obesity.
But what exactly is obesity? And what does it put me at risk for? Obesity means that you have high percentage of excess body fat — more than what is considered “overweight.” According to Web MD, more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults suffer from obesity — far more than the rest of the world. Not only can obesity make your jeans tight, but it can also lead to serious health implications such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
How can I find out if I’m at risk? An easy way to see if you are at risk, is to check your body mass index (BMI). Your BMI is a simple formula that compares your height to your weight to get your fat percentage. Here is a simple tool that will calculate it for you.
My BMI is higher than I would like — now what? Diet and exercise is a foolproof way to lose those extra pounds, lower you BMI and get on a path to a healthier you!
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