How do I know if I am overweight or obese?
A simple way to evaluate if the status of your weight is within a healthy range is to check your biometrics, including your vitals, your blood pressure and measuring your BMI (Body Mass Index).
Your BMI can be calculated by using your height and weight, where a BMI of 18.5-24.9 is considered the healthy range, 25 or more is considered overweight, and 30 or higher qualifies as obese.
WHAT CAUSES WEIGHT GAIN AND OBESITY?
There are several factors that can predispose you to become overweight, but regardless of your family medical history and nutrition and lifestyle habits, there is always a natural solution to bringing your weight back to a healthy level.
Some factors that could cause you to gain weight:
- Family medical history
- Unhealthy habits (lack of exercise and smoking)
- Consumption of heavily processed foods (like fast food and sugary items like soda)
- Slow metabolism
- Insufficient sleep
- Thyroid disorder
- High levels of the stress hormone cortisol
- Some prescription medications
What are the risks of being overweight?
Carrying excess weight especially if you are considered to be in the obese category, causes a domino effect of health problems and dramatically increases your risk of multiple diseases. Any extra weight you are carrying hinders your body’s ability to function correctly on every level. There is nothing weight gain doesn’t harm in your body.
These are just a few of the major health problems being overweight can and will cause if not corrected:
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease and strokes
- Some cancers
- Fatty liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Chronic joint pain
- Sleep apnea
- Heart failure
How can Crescent Health help me with my weight loss?
The first step to creating and maintaining a healthy and sustainable lifestyle is to start with a consultation at Crescent Health Family. During your consultation with Magdalena, you will discuss your personal and family medical history, your daily eating and lifestyle habits, and any and all challenges you’re facing with your weight loss journey, and determine if there are any other hidden health factors that could be causing the weight gain as well.
After your initial consultation and any required examinations, Magdalena will design a personal weight loss program tailored specifically to your needs and may include:
- Switching to a natural, whole food diet limited in processed foods
- Eliminating any allergens
- Exercise recommendations
- Lifestyle change recommendations
- Stress reducing techniques
- Nutritional supplements
Are you ready to lose weight and improve your health? Schedule your appointment and let’s create your new weight loss program today.