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Underweight vs. Healthy Weight vs. Overweight vs. Obese


Overweight and obese are technically not the same.   A rule of thumb for a healthy weight is have a BMI under 25, overweight is having a BMI of 25 to 25.99 and obese is when your BMI exceeds 30.  Any excess weight can be harmful.  

BMI less than 18.5 : Underweight
BMI 18.5 to 24.9: Healthy weight range
BMI 25.0 to 29.9: Overweight
BMI more than 30: Obese

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Unfortunately, over 300 million people are obese and about one billion people are thought to be over weight.  Our world wide pandemic of being over weight and obese has now escalated to the point of about 22 million children that are UNDER FIVE YEARS OF AGE, are overweight, with about 5% being obese. 

In some cases, weight gain is do to medical conditions such as thyroid problems or psychological conditions.  In most cases, extra weight is the results of our sedentary lifestyles and poor food choices. 

 Overweight and obesity can increase your risk for osteoarthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, stroke, liver disease and respiratory conditions, such as asthma and sleep apnea.   You may be surprised to learn that underweight people are also at risk for health factors such as osteoporosis and thinning bones.  Mortality risks for underweight people are 1.8 times greater than normal weight people, overweight and obese are 1.2 times.

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What is BMI?

The range that is considered "normal" or healthy weight depends upon a person's height. It is natural for taller people to weigh more. BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a number that is calculated based on both the height and weight to determine if the weight is high or low compared with what you would expect for that height. BMI indicator of body fatness, and is used as a screening tool for weight issues.

How to Calculate BMI

BMI = W / (H2) where W is the person's weight (in kilograms, not pounds) and H is the person's height (in meters). In other words, BMI is a person's weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of height (in meters).

If weight is in pounds and height is in inches, then BMI is calculated using a similar formula, only multiplying by 703. i.e., 703 * W / (H2), where W is the weight in lbs and H is the height in inches.

An easier way to find out your BMI is to use a BMI calculator or look up this reference table or the chart below.

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Should You Lose Weight?

Obviously, if your BMI is under 18.5, you should consider gaining weight and if it is over 25, losing weight.  In either case, it is always good advice to see your health care professional before making any decisions to gain or lose weight.  

Click Here for American Heart Association free pdf:  Why should I lose weight?

Overweight and obesity not only increase your risk of death and disease as you have read above, but extra pounds also increase your risk of inflammation!   Inflammation = pain.

If someone in your has died of cancer, excess weight can put you at a much higher risk of cancer.  A healthy weight has not been proven to protect you, but being overweight with a family history of cancer is not worth the risk.

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10 Tell Tales Signs

There are several tell tale excess weight signs that you should listen to:
  1. You seem to gain a few pounds each year.
  2. Knee, hip, or back pain
  3. Your waist exceeds 35 inches
  4. You have high blood pressure
  5. You have high cholesterol
  6. You seem to be always hungry
  7. You have sleep apnea
  8. You feel tired all the time
  9. Tender spots almost everywhere
  10. Nearly any kind of activity is uncomfortable
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