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.

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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.

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