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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Are you obese?

Are you obese?
It is difficult to say because everyone has its own body structure. But definately there are some measures or calculations which can tell us if you are obese or not?

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height.

When someone is obese, it means they have put on weight to the point that it could seriously endanger their health. This is caused by a combination of eating too many calories and not doing enough physical activity.

Currently, over half of women, and about two-thirds of men are either overweight or obese.

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis.

How do I know if I'm overweight?

You can tell from your Body Mass Index, or BMI, whether you are overweight or obese. To work out your BMI use "BMI calculator".

Your BMI is calculated using the following equation:

Your weight in kilogrammes (kg) divided by your height in metres (m) squared

So a man who weighs 85kg and is 1.75m tall will have a BMI of 28. A body mass index over 25 is defined as overweight, and over 30 is defined as obese.

Dietary advice

To maintain a healthy weight, it's important to follow a balanced diet.

Physical activity has benefits not only for controlling body weight over the long term, but also in controlling appetite. It has beneficial effects on the heart and blood that help to prevent cardiovascular disease.

If you want to lose weight, it's important not to go on a 'crash diet' but to change how you eat and organise a new diet that you can keep to all the time (not just when you're trying to lose weight).

If you go back to eating more calories than you need, you will put the weight back on.

Try:

- trimming the fat off meat
- choosing low-fat varieties of dairy and other products
- increasing your intake of starchy foods instead of fatty ones
- eating less of sugary foods
- increasing your intake of a variety of fruit and vegetables (aim to eat at least five portions a day)
- Sometimes certain medical conditions and drug treatments can cause weight gain. - - Ask your GP for advice if you are suddenly gaining weight for no apparent reason or if you are on medication.

If you would like advice about losing weight, talk to your GP or a dietitian.

Check out your BMI with our BMI Calculator.

Source: "Eat Well.gov.uk"

Useful sites and links:

* The Weight Wise website has been developed, and is managed by, the British Dietetic Association (BDA)

* Obesity is the official journal of The Obesity Society. Available in print and online, Obesity is dedicated to increasing knowledge, fostering research, and promoting better treatment for people with obesity and their loved ones
Link: "Obesity"

* Read about obestiy at the site from "World Health Organization"

* Obesity informaion at: Medline Plus

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* Link between your food allergy and weight gain

* Weight loss can be maintained by avoiding fast foods

* 'Project Weight Loss' - A community to help you live a healthy life

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