Tipping the Scales in Your Favor:
The Facts About Excess Weight
Did you know:
- 8 million adult Americans are well over what health care professionals consider a healthy weight.
- The number of overweight adults in the U.S. is continuing to rise from 25 percent in 1980 to over 33 percent in 1991.
- Each year more than half of all Americans try to either lose weight or maintain a recent weight loss. While some people are successful at losing excess weight, most do not succeed at keeping weight off.
- Excess weight can be the result of many factors, such as family culture, unhealthy eating habits, infrequent and low levels of physical activity, metabolic rate (the energy your body uses to perform functions like breathing, digesting food, keeping a regular heartbeat), and even heredity.
- Being overweight is a serious health problem. Some health risks of being overweight include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain kinds of cancer.
- Even modest weight loss can provide such important health benefits as reducing high blood pressure and lowering blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
- Health care providers are better equipped than ever to help you manage your weight. You should see a doctor or registered dietitian to determine if you need to lose weight. If your doctor determines that you need to lose considerable weight, he or she may suggest prescription medications and a visit with a registered dietitian.
- Healthful eating and regular physical activity habits are key to successful weight loss and maintenance.
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Are you at a healthy weight?
To find a reasonable weight range based on your height and age, see the chart. Find your height in the left-hand column, and follow it across to your approximate weight.
Because muscle and bone weigh more than fat, the higher weights in the healthy range typically apply to those with more muscle and larger frames. People with less muscle and smaller frames should fall at the lower end of the range. In general, weights above and below the healthy range may increase risk of disease.