Obesity & Heart Disease

It's easy to get offended when someone tells us to lose weight, and understandably so because the odds are it wasn't said in the correct manner. But, is there merit to the accusation that overweight persons 'should' lose weight?

The major difference between being overweight and obese is your body mass index (BMI). When your BMI is between 25 to 30 then you are in the overweight range. On the other hand, a BMI over 30 falls within the obese range. These two categories describe being over your ideal or healthy weight, but the term obesity means that you are 20% or more over that ideal weight.

If you want to work out your BMI, you will see charts online that look like this (shown below), or BMI calculators where you simply have to input your height and weight to find out what your body mass index is.

Obesity & Heart Disease

The Risks Associated with Obesity

Around 35% of adults in America are obese, which means that those persons are at a higher risk for many health problems including stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. All of which are risk factors for heart disease along with obesity. The long and short of it is, obesity can start a chain reaction in your body that may inevitably lead to cardiovascular disease.

As for children, around 17% of children between ages 2-19 are obese, which means approximately 12.7 million children and adolescents suffer from obesity in America.

Obesity & Heart Disease

What to do if you're Obese

If you are already in the 'obese' category and you're wondering where to go from there, there are a few things that you can do to, moving forward. Regular exercise, eating healthier and eating in smaller portions are the main things that you can do to lose weight and become more heart healthy.

References

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/WeightManagement/Obesity/Obesity-Information_UCM_307908_Article.jsp#.WcEwDVGGOUk

https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/defining.html