Healthy Weight & Nutrition
What is overweight? Obese?
overweight is a BMI greater than or equal to 25
obesity is a BMI greater than or equal to 30.
BMI provides the most useful population-level measure of overweight and obesity as it is the same for both sexes and for all ages of adults. However, it should be considered a rough guide because it may not correspond to the same degree of fatness in different individuals.
Health concerns related to weight:
Raised BMI is a major risk factor for diseases such as: cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), which were the leading cause of death in 2012; diabetes; musculoskeletal disorders (especially osteoarthritis – a highly disabling degenerative disease of the joints); some cancers (including endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney, and colon).
Childhood obesity is associated with a higher chance of obesity, premature death and disability in adulthood.
In addition to increased future risks, obese children experience breathing difficulties, increased risk of fractures, hypertension, early markers of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and psychological effects.
5-2-1-Almost None is a great way to maintain health:
5 Fruits and Vegetables
2 hours or less of screen time
1 hour of exercise
Almost none refers to almost no sugar drinks.
The USDA offers information on healthy diets, exercise and fitness, heart health, shopping, cooking, meal planning and more.
Being underweight is just as harmful to your body as being overweight.
Disordered eating includes binging, purging, and starvation.
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