Posted by: Kelley Dees | December 2, 2010

Weight Management

When considering our weight, there are so many important things to think about. What is a healthy weight? What are the risks of being overweight? Why do people become overweight? Today, we will answer these questions and more.

What is a healthy weight?

There are several ways to determine a healthy weight. The most commonly relied on method is BMI (body mass index). BMI measures your weight in relation to your height. A BMI of less than 18.5 is underweight, 18.5 to 24.9 is in the healthy range, 25 to 29.9 is overweight, and over 30 is considered obese. In the chart below, find your height in the left-hand column and move across the row to find your weight. If you are in the overweight or obese range on the chart, you may be at risk for certain health problems. You can also click here to use an online BMI calculator..

What are the health risks of being overweight?

Extra weight may put you at higher risk for:

  • Type 2 diabetes (high blood sugar)
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Some types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea (when breathing stops for short periods during sleep)
  • Osteoarthritis (wearing away of the joints)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Irregular periods
  • Problems with pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, or increased risk for cesarean section (c-section)

Why do people become overweight?

There are many factors that play a part in why people gain weight.

  • Habits: Eating too many calories may become a habit. You may also develop a habit of doing sedentary activities like watching TV instead of being physically active. Over time, these habits can lead to weight gain.
  • Genes: Overweight and obesity tend to run in families. Although families often share diet and physical activity habits that can play a role in obesity, their shared genes increase the chance that family members will be overweight.
  • Illness: Some diseases may lead to weight gain or obesity. These include hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, and depression. Talk to your healthcare provider if you think you have a health problem that could be causing you to gain weight.
  • Medicine: Some medicines may lead to weight gain. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about the side effects of any medication you are taking.
  • Emotions: Many people eat when they are bored, sad, angry, or stressed, even when they are not hungry.

Although you may not be able to control all of the factors that lead to being overweight, you can change your eating and physical activity habits, and by changing those habits, you may be able to improve your weight and your health.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Weight-control Information Network, an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).



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  2. Thank you! The purpose of this blog is to educate others about safety and injury related issues, especially those relating to farming and ranching.
    As far as the theme, it can be found in the WordPress list of themes.
    Thank you again for your comments and please continue to read!

  3. What do you think is the best bicep workout and whats your favorite one?

    • I think any exercise that gets the blood flowing is great!

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