Healthy Weight Week

January 20th through the 26th marks the 20th annual Healthy Weight Week.  This is a time to celebrate healthy diet-free lifestyle habits that are lifelong.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention describes a healthy weight as being part of a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and a balance between the number of calories taken in and the number of calories your body uses.

 An unhealthy weight can lead to a variety of health conditions including:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Stroke
  • Liver and Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)

One way to determine if you are in a healthy weight range is by calculating your BMI. Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher; obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.

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Take part in the 20th annual Healthy Weight Week by making a change that will make you a healthier person.

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